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A Hidden Gem,
This review is from: The Stone House (MP3 Download)
Who??? - Alright, it's Ian Parker and a band of "misfits" by another name. This album is the end product of Ian's couple of years going round as acoustic singer/songwriter - so it's not "blues" as we know it, but being Ian, naturally it is high quality stuff.
A couple of tracks have already appeared on The Bare Bones album, but this sees them with some studio polish, some sparse electric guitar from Ian, keys and bass from old mates Morg Morgan and Steve Amadeo, drums not Mr. Proctor but Alex Thomas and some haunting cello (and backing vocals) from Beth Porter. Some really haunting stuff, Silent Void, The Lights, Halfway Home, Turning Into Night as well as Ian's "happy" song; Basket.
Ian has to be one of our most thoughtful, rootsy singer/songwriters as well as impassioned performers. Whether acoustic solo, duo, trio or with his band, his performances are stunning in understated power.