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Well Worth The Wait!,
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This review is from: STRANGE FLOWERS (Audio CD)
It's been five years since the quiet sombre offering of Holy Love, excellent as that was I felt there was something missing. If you were a fan of the band Love and Money in the mid to late eighties then you will know how capable James Grant is of putting together fine melodic tunes. I'm happy to reveal that the melodies are back which are more reminiscent to the aforementioned band's past output.
'This Could Be The Day' is gloriously catchy, sung with one of the best voices in the business and should be the lead single to advertise this work. The musicians involved are Donald Shaw of Capercaillie (Keyboards), Ewan Vernal of Deacon Blue (Bass) and James MacKintosh & Che Beresford (Drums). Together they make a great sound.
'Darkstar' is sounding along the same lines as 'Looking For Angeline'
'Strange Flowers' having been available on the website since February is a short simple song which has infectious vocals from his two backing singers Monica Queen & Karen Matheson.
'The Hallowing Touch' is a slow ballady type of song with a country flavour.
'My Father's Coat' is the resident classic with some impressive guitar solo's, over 9 minutes long and the subject matter speaks for itself. Having lost my father the song is quite emotional for me.
'The Bay At The Nape Of Your Neck' is an excellent tune, full of twangy guitar, very infectious with a superb string arrangement.
'Lake Louise' and 'Is This The First Kiss' are regular melodic tunes with the latter having a small hint of 'Littledeath'
'Can't Beat The Music' toys with a funky beat and a 70's boogie rhythm guitar.
'Scarecrow Song' is your average folk ballad and if pressed not my favourite James Grant song in the world.
'Catherine Burns' is a beautiful way to finish off the album with strings and a verse.
James Grant has been knocking out quality music now since 1984, so 25 years on I can safely say he's still got it, still sounding fresh and that voice is sounding better than ever. Check out Sawdust in My Veins My Thrawn Glory I Shot the Albatross to complete his solo back catalogue. You wont be dissapointed.