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Pat Arnold pops up and Brendan's at the desk....
on 4 September 2006
As a follow up to 1996's leaner "Mosely Shoals", this feels like a sprawling album with a folky feel in places.
"Hundred Mile High City" sounded like it and was used in a Brit-gangster flick and is a striking opener. "Travellers Tune" is a retro-stomp that is quite appealing. "Half A Dream Away" is a pleasant enough bit of ska-lite with a lovely trombone slot in the middle. "It's A Beautiful Thing" collapsing under the weight of Brendan Lynch fiddling at the production desk, which is a shame, as had it been trimmed it could have worked.
The rest is a combination of folky tunes and some more stodgy guitar work-outs.
Not a step forward. Just a broader retro brush.