Resolve to buy!,
This review is from: Resolution (Audio CD)
Having most of Dougie's albums, I was wondering whether I needed another. His last collection (Inside the Thunder - 2006) certainly had its moments, but wasn't outstanding. However, in the end I decided to buy `Resolution' and I'm very glad I did. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, this is probably Dougie's best ever. There's absolutely no filler here; every song is worthy of its place and several are instant classics.
The CD opens with the stately title track, an immediately memorable melody, beautifully arranged with Ross Ainslie's whistle solo and the gentle acoustic coda only adding the song's appeal. In fact it's the arrangements that lift a strong collection of songs into something really special. Dougie's acoustic guitar and fiddle are joined by a variety of instruments mostly played by son Jamie. Elsewhere other highlights include the beautiful `Weather Eye' (another ace solo from Mr Ainslie) and the gentle more folky closer `All Who Wander'. Most songs are slow to mid-tempo with only the bouncy didgeridoo-propelled `Over Us All' and the stirring `Disgraceful' speeding things up a bit. Since the early 80s Dougie's songs have been much admired and covered by a variety of other artists and `Resolution' could provide another rich seam.
So there's nothing not to like here, especially if you enjoy folk/Celtic/singer-songwriter stuff. I guess if you're not familiar with Mr MacLean's work the proper singing of proper songs (no auto-tune or overdubbed histrionics here) and the definitely not run-of-the mill lyrics (eagles do a fair amount of soaring, the elements feature prominently and a strong sense of history and the sinister powers that be are never far away) may take some getting used to. But leaving all that aside, there aren't too many albums these days that I listen to on `repeat'. This is most definitely one, and 'Resolution' is (as our favoured Indian takeaway rightly describes its dopiaza) `recommended for everyone'!