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About time !,
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This review is from: Escalator (Audio CD)
This album was always my favourite of the late Clifford T Ward's three albums released on the Charisma label. It was also his last and amazingly did not sell as well as its two predecessors `Home Thoughts' and `Mantlepieces' (both great albums as well).
The album contains some of the most reflective and beautiful songs ever written by Clifford. The images conjured up by `A Day to myself' of walking through fields where long ago soldiers fought and died in world wars is very moving. It's a richly rewarding match of melody and lyric. Possibly my all-time favourite recording of Clifford's is `We could be talking' (by the time this record ends). This is just a sumptuous melody and arrangement with strings very much to the fore; a tune that you want to listen to again and again. `Jig-saw Girl' was the unsuccessful single from this album with its quirky lyric of `picking me up and putting me back together again; typical Clifford T Ward style. `A sad affair' is a melancholic piece to close the album on a sombre note, but again it shows Clifford at his lyrical best drawing you into the character of its story. `Miner' is an unconventional song by Clifford's standards telling of a mining accident, `Trespass' is probably my least favourite song on the album whilst `Mr Bilbo Baggins' is an affectionate tribute to the central character in `The Hobbit', featuring some children on the chorus.
`Escalator' (the title track) and `Cellophane' are more up-tempo numbers whilst the album's opener `The way of love' is another sumptuous ballad.
So there you have it; ten great songs that fill up an enjoyable forty minutes or so. If you already have the compilation `Gaye and other Stories' you will have seven of these already. Buy this for the missing three.