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This review is from: Tales Of Grime And Grit (Audio CD)
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This album has the most amazingly proximate sound I have ever heard on a recording -- so much so that my wife sent me out to see if something was making a noise in the hall. The jazzy-folky acoustic sound is amazingly transparent, although the recording is in places deliberately rough with rattle and a little distortion on the vocals.
Musically speaking this is exciting, rumbunctious stuff with a big dose of humour.
The lyrics are intelligent and challenging, and ever so slightly reminiscent of the early Billy Bragg in their apparently artless artistry.
My only criticism of this album is that it leaves me waiting for the 'big song'. All the elements are there - musicianship, an expressively rough voice, melodic and lyric ability. But they never coalesce into one song that lifts the whole album and makes you want to listen to everything again and again.
Nonetheless, I'll be looking out for Ruarri's next album.