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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful - Lindsey at the peak of his game, 7 Sep 2011
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Like all of Lindsey's solo albums, this will surely get better with repeated listens. But even fresh out the can - man, this is good!
This is for sure Lindsey as he wants to be heard, up close and personal. It's like being in the audience at a private performance. "Hold up Lindsey, let me fill our glasses before the next number....say when...."

This album really hangs together too. It's like going on a trip led by a slightly different Lindsey from the one we've come to know of late. The man behind the songs here is still very contented. That he now has the "Satisfied Mind" he covered in his first solo album in '91 (Law & Order) is probably an impression familiar to anyone who has followed his music. I hope Lindsey truly has found lasting happiness in love and fatherhood, but whatever is feeding his writing it is certainly getting better and better. This album reveals a reflective but not self-absorbed Lindsey, who in his own songs looks not just inwards but outwards too, speaking to a much wider audience now than just those of us who have grown up with him. This is an invitation to see the world as he has come to see it, through his mature and poetic eyes. It surely is a beautiful place.

I think "beautiful" is the best word for this album. "Seeds" is Lindsey at the peak of his game (and with no signs of letting up). His guitar playing is unique, sometimes haunting and sometimes just plain impossibly good, the folk-rock equivalent of classical virtuoso. He really should get (even) more acclaim for it.

I'd suggest that to get the most from this album, make sure you first listen to it is at a time and somewhere you can give it full attention. Break out some light refreshments - chocolate or wine are good, maybe not together though. Lower the lights. Glance at or think of a loved one. Sit back. Leave some foot tapping room. Hit play. Prepare to be amazed.

The tracks themselves are varied, and cover a spectrum from the rocky to the final poetic recital. I think this album is perhaps closest in sound or spirit to Out of the Cradle, but some of the playing reminds me of the much earlier Go Insane. I'm sure others will have their own ideas and if you've enjoyed any of his previous ones you'll like this. Really though there is nothing "old" sounding here. Even the Stones cover which at first seemed to me an odd choice fits in well. Whispered to us over the gentlest finger-plucking the song becomes as much Lindsey's own as if he'd written it himself.

Whether or not you are new to Lindsey, I suggest you don't do more than sneak the briefest of preview-listens from the .com site if you really have to. Better still, don't sneak any peaks at all. This is an album with something of a "journey" to it. I'd say it is best enjoyed like a good film, without spoilers!

Finally, there has been some discussion of "loud" mastering on the US site. It's true that in some places the sound does max out. This isn't an "audiophile" release. I would have preferred a less compressed sound in those places but even so these "blasts" are well placed and tend to bring the guitar to the front, so for me don't spoil what really is a masterpiece. My guitar playing daughter loves this and is awe. This also means Lindsey gets the seal of "cool" from her. Wish we could get to see him perform some time even more now. Please don't forget us in UK.
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2011 22:33:10 BDT
He is playing in Edinburgh in December 2011!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 17:27:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2011 17:28:45 BDT
Happy Ears says:
Yes! Thanks for mentioning this. I didn't realise this when I did the review. A UK tour in fact - he's playing at venues around the country before Xmas. Birmingham looks good....
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