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A welcome return to the Biggish Music!,
This review is from: Book Of Lightning [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
I first discovered Mike Scott and the Waterboys back in 1985, the first two albums for some reason had passed me by.
I can still remember the moment, I was browsing through the racks of a record store in Luton (very glamourous!);when my attention was suddenly drawn to the big music blasting out of the speakers.
The song was "Don't Bang the Drum" the stunning opener for the "This is the Sea" album, from thence onwards I've been an afficianado.
The Waterboys last album "Universal Hall" I found to be a mixed bag, whilst I admired Mike Scott for having the courage to commit some very personal and some would say spiritual songs to an album, unfortunately for me it didn't quite hit the spot!
2007 brings us "Book of Lightning" and on the first few hearings it does appear to be a real return to form.
Across the ten tracks of the album, Mike and the band have managed to convey the many intriguing facets that make up The Waterboys.
Part of their attraction to me is the fact that the are so difficult to pigeon hole and can be both enthralling and sometimes infuriating (sometimes on the same album!).
The album commences with a trio of powerful guitar led tracks, but then concludes with quite possibly four of the best songs Mike Scott has ever penned.
The highlights for me being the beautiful "Sustain" that features old compatriot Roddy Lorimer on trumpet and "you in the sky" which first surfaced on the Fishermans Blues sessions back in the late eighties.
Mike's lyrics are particularly biting and humourous, with several "one liners" and put downs that Bob Dylan would have been proud of, it's also nice to see him not taking himself too seriuosly.
In conclusion Mike Scott and his colleagues fiddle player Steve Wickham and keyboardist Richard Naiff have produced an excellent new album and I'm really looking forward to seeing them on tour later this month.