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Watch those awards come rolling in...,
This review is from: The Awkward Recruit (Audio CD)
Those of us who have been watching the progress of the Essex four-piece, Mawkin, over the last few years will have been impressed by the virtuosity with which they embrace the various musical styles they take on along with their sheer enthusiasm. If there was a criticism with their couple of previous releases (Extended Procrastination) it was that they desperately needed a singer. Enter Devonian Jim Causley. With a voice described elsewhere as "fruity" he is the perfect addition to Mawkin's wild eclecticism.
Following on from last year's superb EP Cold Ruin, "The Awkward Recruit" is their first full-length release as a group. And what a "debut" it is. With styles veering all over Europe and beyond, encompassing bits of klezmer and snatches of French and Spanish (most noticeably on "L'homme Arme" and "Todos Los Bienes Del Mundo") the album has typical folky singalongs, such as the opening "Jolly Broom Man" and "Cropper Lads" and wordier pieces, such as the title track and the Causley-penned "Keeper of the Game". There are also more familiar pieces, such as "Cutty Wren" and "The Saucy Sailor" (made famous by Steeleye Span), but whatever the familiarity each song is approached with energy, vivacity and wit, enhanced by the spare, clear production of Megson's Stu Hanna.
This is so good that I suggest the lads clear some space on the mantelpiece to put those folk awards on when they come rolling in.