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Deserving of worldwide recognition!
on 4 March 2005
The first thing I noticed when I listened to this CD was the outstanding guitar-picked melodies. They lend an almost elegant beauty to the album in stark contrast to Stephen's edgy voice. The second thing I noticed was the beautiful lyrics and the way he will repeat one line to assert its meaning within the song.
This is an entirely acoustic-based album, with enough pure acoustic moments to make it different. It makes a nice change, as the songs are simpler and uncomplicated. In fact, how Stephen manages to put so much into each song with seemingly so little is amazing. You can hear every instrument clearly in its own right, and all together as a whole the sound is truly great.
This CD was recommended to me by Amazon, and I decided to buy it after reading the reviews here. If it's been recommended to you too, I expect you'll love it. I'm not sure if I can compare Stephen Fretwell to any other artist, although now and again I think "that sounded a bit like Ed Harcourt/Tom Baxter/etc." and even Don McLean at one point.. He doesn't make music that sounds like anyone else, but he's along the same guitar/piano-based lines.
After only a few listens this album is one of my favourites, and I expect it will be for a long time to come. Excellent.