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Gently Does It,
This review is from: The Impossible Song & Other Songs (Audio CD)
Idlewild's singer Roddy Woomble's second solo outing away
from the band is an amiable affair. This lovely collection
of 12 songs doesn't have to dress itself up in fancy clothes
to make a good impression. Your mum would like it. I like it.
The relaxed folksy ambience is as warm and reassuring as
a favorite old sweater (unravelling and threadbare but
impossible to throw away!) and beautifully sustained from
top to tail. The tunes are strong ('Work Like You Can' has
a particularly memorable singalong chorus) and delivered in
an unfussy and sincere manner by Mr Wooble, whose voice is
a truly beautiful instrument. Dark brown and chocolatey and
not given to uneccessary decorative flourishes it serves
the heart of his understated compositions perfectly well.
'Tangled Wire' is a lovely example of how to make the most of a
good tune in the simplest possible way. The words too contain
some striking imagery : "...and the rain fell like teeth against
the windowpane"; one among many vivid examples.
Mr Wooble is well-supported in his endeavours by a talented
supporting cast of musicians including : Sorren Maclean, who
plays all manner of instruments including guitars, vibraphone,
banjo and organ; old buddy Gavin Foxx on bass and Gregor Donaldson
on the drums. Jill O'Sullivan also pitches in with some wonderfully
plaintive backing vocals. This ace ensemble knows just what to do.
'Living As You Always Have' is a particulary special affecting
invention. Intimate, honest and reassuring, it gets my vote for
top track with final song 'Between The Old Moon' coming a very
close second. (Rob Hall's saxophone makes an especially poignant
No fuss, no frills. Just a fine bunch of
songs from a gentle master of his craft.