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Pale Rider

7 July 2008 | Format: MP3

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So, the fourth solo album from Ricky Ross. It's taken 3 years for these songs to 'creep up' on Ricky Ross; a collection of songs brought together through natural accumulation rather than an overt burst of intense songwriting.
As a result of this leisurely writing process the 12 songs on 'Pale Rider' are imbued with a sense of deliberate crafting - nothing is over-bearing or over-complicated. A tendency for simplicity is evident here: acoustic guitar and piano dominate most of these songs. On the opening track 'She Gets Me Inside", Ricky delivers a touching love song with a stripped-down acoustic arrangement and his trademark raspy warm vocals setting the tone for the rest of the album. Highlights include the haunting title-track 'Pale Rider' with its evocative slide guitar; the powerful and increasingly catchy 'Boys Break The Things They Love The Most' and the final two songs 'History' and 'In The End'. These final two songs are written about Graeme Kelling, the Deacon Blue guitarist who passed away last year. It's obvious that these last two songs are Ricky at his most revealing, and they are very moving to listen to.
So, all in all, an album that further establishes Ricky Ross as a solo artist distinct from the back catalogue of Deacon Blue albums that are inevitably invoked when his name is mentioned. 'Pale Rider' pleases because it's full of well-written songs, but it impresses because of its authenticity.
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This superb singer songwriter musician who also just happens to front (the still fabulous after all these years) Deacon Blue has certainly come up trumps with this wonderfully classy album.
Loaded with personal songs of love for his wife,family and friends.Heartfelt lyrics in abundance with beautifully crafted melodies.
A strong Beach Boys influence can be heard on the gorgeous Soundtrack to the summer.A song that must surely be released as a future single-it has hit written all over it.
The title track is a moody atmospheric acoustic track you could imagine Springsteen performing whereas She gets me inside is an out and out love song written for Ricky's wife Lorraine and also recorded by Ronan Keating on his last album.
Boys break the things they love the most is a poignant clever song written with Lorraine Mackintosh inspired by their young son and is also a strong contender for a single.
This album spans all emotions including the sadness of his last night with close friend and Deacon Blue guitarist who sadly died last year.A very sad song but also uplifting.
Kichijoji is a classy song,with wonderful guitars,about being away from home and missing a loved one. I know its only Sunday brings to mind Sgt Pepper era Beatles production(the album was produced by the gifted Davie Scott of the Pearlfishers)is a homage to lazy days spent with the family.
This is most definitely Ricky Ross's best album to date and even ranks up there with Deacon Blue's finest.
It is the most played album on my CD player this year as I cannot stop listening to it and strongly recommend it to lovers of good music.
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It doesn't always naturally follow that when an artist makes a great album that it will sell and find the audience it deserves. Many fans who bought "This Is The Life" felt it was Ricky's best song collection and studio recording since Raintown. Pale Rider will surely join its predecessor in vying for that accolade. Once again the songs are up to scratch and the lyrics sound a whole lot more personal and meaningful than they did in the Deacon Blue days. In Davie Scott, Mike Slaven, Scott Frazer and Jim Gash Ricky has found a colection of collaborators who seems to intuitively sense just how to bring the most out of the songs while Davie Scott's production deserves praise too... the title track and first single were left without drums becomes they weren't necessary on those songs but elsewhere cellos, brass and harmonies come in at just the right places. Pale Rider is a mature offering... even though a few songs were written and recorded while Deacon Blue guitarist Graeme kelling was dying those songs are far from morbid and elsewhere many songs celebrate ricky's love of his wife and family and friends... it appears these days when the rain falls down in raintown at the weekend he is aware of so much in his life to be thankful for. Song after song sounds good on a first listen and they succeed in growing in their appeal with repeat listens. An uplifting content and mature offering... I hope all the gigging, interviewing and radio sessions help find this gem the audience it deserves to get.
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