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Growth is good!,
This review is from: Matachin (Audio CD)
Although I have had the CD since the release date, I have held off reviewing it as I want to be as balanced as possible which only come with repeated listening.
A number of other reviewers on the site have marked the album down with unfavourable comparisons with `Burlesque'. I think that is rather harsh, Matachin builds on where the previous record finishes. Indeed a number of tracks on this release, `Fakenham Fair and `Whiskey is the life of man' for example, would sit very comfortably with those sessions.
However this record grows the Bellowhead experience and introduces new styles of arrangement to their material. Whilst the original EP and Burlesque were very much driven by Spiers & Boden, this record opens up the songs to the wider band and the jazz styling of Rachael McShane is evident in the first half of the records closing track `Trip to Bucharest'. The Benji Kirkpatrick arranged `Kafoozalum' is for me another highlight.
I would expect the next Bellowhead record to continue this theme and that for me is no bad thing.