on 22 February 2000
Wolfstone have rarely failed to please and SEVEN is no exception. It has it all and more that we have come to expect from Scotlands most underrated band. Rampant fiddle playing, great beats, bags of pipes, superb songs, synthesisers....you get the message. Its all there. Can I also suggest that once you have finished listening to SEVEN go out and damn the expense by buying all of Wolfstones other albums. A welcome and cheerful pick you up in a cynical world.
on 26 May 2011
Wolfstone's lineup had a great deal to live up to after the departure of Ivan Drever. With Seven, I reckon they pulled it off. Rather than using traditional tunes and the like, the album consists largely of original material composed by bandmembers. "Psycho Woman" sets the pace of the album, with Tony Soave's intense drum shuffle and a flurry of notes from Dunc (fiddle) and Stevie (pipes). There are two more sets in this ilk - the funky "Quinie fae Rhynie" and the highly spirited "Maggie's". The album also has a number of what I call "airy tunes". "Jen's Tune" is a mournful interplay of fiddle and pipes, "John Simmers" is a solo piano piece - stately, yet beautiful - whilst "J-Time" is a repetitive, hypnotic jig, ably complemented by Andy Simmers on keys. The songs are also fantastic. "Brave Boys", "Black Dog", "Wild and the Free" and "Crowfeathers" are wonderfully performed by Stuart Eaglesham, though he has said himself not to read too much into the lyrics of the songs! Seven closes with a rerecording of a track from Wolfstone's first album, the traditional "Fingal's Cave". This beautiful piece finishes the album very gently, with just fiddle, whistle and spoken passages set against a light drum and keyboard backing. Overall, Wolfstone seem to have everything in this album. It's braw!