- Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Drumfire Records
- ASIN: B005LNCP1S
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
How Do You Plead? CD
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When they say, “Here’s to George and Tammy, Dolly and Porter, Johnny and June...” you know that the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, are tipping their Stetsons in a no-holds-barred homage to the country greats who, as the legends and the records have it, fight like cats and dogs only to fall back in love all over again.
Weston King has plenty of form in this area – not only as a member of 90s British alt-country early adopters The Good Sons, but also as a writer whose songs have enjoyed nods of approval from luminaries like Townes Van Zandt and The Byrds’ Chris Hillman. Despite being brought up in the decidedly un-country setting of downtown Southport, Weston King’s long-term love affair with Americana hasn’t just helped him pay his dues. It’s imbued him with a musical accent that makes him remarkably indistinguishable from the real thing.
Opener By a Thread is a prime example of top-notch writing that is utterly convincing. Meticulously constructed, with chords that wryly allude to Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry’s All I Have to Do Is Dream, Weston King and Dalgleish’s honeyed harmonies possess a careworn resignation that seeps into every pore of the song. With this, and several other heartbreakers and in-their-cups confessionals, you’d swear blind this album’s cuts are lifted straight from the pages of some long-lost country songbook.
With a wealth of subtle and understated performances by the supporting cast, including wistful flourishes from pianist Geraint Watkins, whose on-the-money keyboards have graced albums by Nick Lowe and Van Morrison, this is no unthinking pastiche or smirking parody. Often the pair trade recriminations and play the blame game across alternating verses; yet a closer inspection of the lyrics reveal that Weston King is clearly having a ball with his damned-if-you-do-or-don’t observations: “If we could only spend more time apart / I’m sure that we could find out what we had at the start.”
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Top Customer Reviews
"How Do You Plead" fills that requirement - it is very rarely achieved.
All of these marvellous songs were written by Michael for duet singing. The lyrics are clever, bringing a smile every so often. Example - In 100,000 words, Michael sings: "I'm taking back the promises that I had made to you" Lou, in response: "The words you spoke never meant much anyway. For every truth you told to me, a lie wasn't far away" Ouch!
Definitley a strong contender for album of the year. Don't hestitate. If you enjoy real country music, buy this immediately!
I feel that after all these years as a troubadour, travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Ireland and the Continent his time has come. This album, performed with a cracking Hot Band and peerlessly accompanied by Lou Dalgleish is his best ever. The singing on the duets stands comparison with George and Tammy, Emmylou and Gram and other greats. Lou's voice is so clear and expressive and complementary to Michael's strong tones that they sing so beautifully together.
This is a classic in the making and highly recommended to thsoe who love real music played by real people.
I've been aware of Michael Weston King's music but only know his duet patrner Lou Dalgleish from the fact that she did a show as a female Elvis Costello! Two great voices on all original tracks. Martin Belmont is the lead guitarist and his twang is all over it, and Alan Cook is the featured steel guitar player. Fiddle is provided by Bob Loveday, who I think is part of the Penquin Cafe Orchestra.
Love this album! Stand out tracks? Just about all of 'em! But the six minutes of "The Other Half" is the track I find myself returning to most!
If you enjoy country music with more of a classic sound, this is the album for you. Recommended highly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply the best UK County record made in England in passed 4/5years.
Great live too.
I heard a song by this couple on the radio one morning and loved it. I had to search them out on Amazon as I had never heard of them. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by barb
So so good. Amazing country, proper country reminiscent of Tammy and George, and they are english! Lucky enough to have seen them live, check out their website for a couple of... Read morePublished on 2 April 2014 by lmc123
This album shows you don't have to be based in Nashville, or even in the USA, to produce great country music. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Rotherhithe Hack
Bought this CD as My Darling Clementine are playing locally on Jan 23rd so I thought I would find out what they were all about. What a surprise I got! Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by DEAN HULME
Ok I buy LOTS of music and I am still playing this a couple of years after I bought it so that tells you all you need to know.... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2013 by Neil Roden
although some songs are nice, as a hole this album dit not impress me. It's a bit like 'the carpenters' doing country. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Moll Edo
After traipsing largely unnoticed around the backroads of Americana for a couple of decades Michael Weston King has surely struck gold here with the considerable help of his wife... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2012 by Christopher Lee