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Beautiful Western Skies,
This review is from: Western Skies (Audio CD)
Throughout his career, which spans approximately 25 years, Roddy Frame has proved to be a wonderful songwriter and guitarist.
I first discovered Roddy when I was 16 years old through his debut release 'High Land Hard Rain', recorded with the band Aztec Camera. Music critics frequently refer to this as a classic album.
I had always loved the Beatles, especially the earlier recordings: Beatles for Sale, Help, Hards Day's Night and so on. When I discovered Roddy Frame, I felt a similar excitement. Here was a young man who clearly had a talent for crafting intelligent, beautiful songs which, crackled with emotion and at a very young age (Frame was then only a little older than myself).
Aztec Camera achieved their greatest commercial success with the album 'love'. The single 'Somewhere in My Heart', taken from this release, is probably instantly memorable to the listener each time it is played on the radio.
For me, many of the Aztec Camera albums suffered from the wrong treatment during the recording process, however, one thing was quite obvious, Roddy's songwriting talent always remained in tact. Roddy's final Aztec Camera album 'Frestonia' was well recorded and equal to the very fine songs which it presented.
2002 saw Roddy's second solo release 'Surf', a recording which again, showcased Roddy's very fine songwriting, and guitar playing. (This is a recording of one guitar and vocal). Paul Simon would have been proud to have written many of these songs.
Fast forward to the present day; 'Western Skies' is here. A collection of beautiful, mature, introspective songs. Fans will have their own personal favourites which will probably change with each new listening. Lyrically, Roddy Frame is painting stunningly beautiful pictures. His guitar playing is immaculate. He plays several different styles and does not waste a single note. Buy the album and you'll be rewarded with some of the finest songs you'll hear for along time. If you're lucky enough to have tickets to the live show, you won't be disappointed. Roddy is a charming performer who engages his audience, and reveals the inspiration behind many of his songs. must have album.