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One AMAZING CD!!,
This review is from: In Modern History (MP3 Download)
I discovered Jim Moray quite late, in fact only just a year ago, and since then have acquired his first three albums "Jim Moray", "Sweet England" and "Low Culture". Those first three are simply brilliant, but with "In Modern History", Jim has upped the level somewhat and produced a fantastic fourth album of his take on some traditional folk songs, plus some of his own compilations!
I've got no hestitation in declaring that this is Jim's best album to date and that's why I give it 5 stars (though it should have 10)!
There are hints of familiar sounds on this album - I defy anyone to say that "William Taylor" is very Zeppelin-esque (particularly the percussion) and "Bristol Harbour" even has faint smatterings of Tears for Fears in the guitar solo! That aside, Jim's "modern" approach to the "traditional folk song" is inspired and heartwarming. The songs all tell a story - and "Lowlands of Holland" is just beautiful, and the use of the Musicians of Opera North adds a brilliant dimension to these and "Silver Dagger".
I've seen Jim performing live once, but already have two performances lined up for the autumn, with the possibility of some others dotted around! And I can't wait to hear some of these tracks performed live!
Go on - give the album a try - you will not be disappointed! Then follow it up with his first three albums!