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Amazon recommended, frequently; I recommend, cautiously
on 17 February 2012
I'm another who, having had Amazon push this at me frequently, moved from 'who the...?' to giving in and ordering it. The power of personalized marketing must have some strengths, surely? Well, yes and no.
This album has some beautiful songs, wonderfully played by a talented group of musicians, sung with soul and passion, lovingly captured, professionally mixed. But - and you knew there'd be a but, and this is where my cautious recommendation comes from - it's very much of a late-night jazz/soul feel; the sort of thing you'd play at the end of an evening with the lights down low. Rip this to iTunes and it categorizes it as 'Indie Rock', and for the most part that couldn't be more wrong; only the more up-tempo 'Christobel' approaches that description and even that doesn't get there really. The rest slips past with the mature sophistication of old wine.
So, splendid smooth late night grown-up jazz/soul that comes very highly recommended to those who like that sort of stuff. I don't, particularly, but that doesn't stop me recognizing that this is an exquisite album of its type. Four stars, and that might be being a little mean.