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The new album from Robert Ellis moves away from the more traditional folk / country of previous album Photographs towards a smoother feel but this is in no way a bad thing. The superb musicianship, incredible vocals (with country twang beautifully intact), and evocative vocals are still to the fore.
I'm always of the opinion that an artist, or band, needs a great singer to elevate them above the norm. And Ellis is certainly blessed with a great voice. As mentioned, he has that country twang when he needs it, but also an extensive range and the ability to transmit emotion in a song the way Gram Parsons used to do it.
Guitar work from Ellis himself, and Kelly Doyle is sublime and complimentary and I was pleasantly surprised to see that drums were supplied by Josh Block of White Denim.
There isn't a duff song on the record and standout tracks are TV Song, the title track, Sing Along and by far my favourite Steady As The Rising Sun which is perfect in every way.
I haven't heard a better album so far this year and doubt I will. Hopefully he'll be touring the UK properly before too long.