Category Archives: country

Memories –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Drowning saw Echoglass playing with subtle balladry, Blackburn Boulevard took a more indie-pop route and Last To Know wandered some wonderfully Americana musical pathways, Memories seems to tie all those ends together. It has depth yet sass, it tugs … Continue reading

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Last To Know –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

And just when you have Echoglass pegged in the broad indie-pop spectrum, when you think you have worked out their musical approach they go and throw a curve-ball. Not satisfied with just ploughing the same musical furrow, Last To Know … Continue reading

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Legacy –  Matt Westin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The songs on Legacy are proof that it isn’t the raw materials that define a song, it is more about how the artist fits them together. Give a hundred other country, folk, alt-country …whatever, artists the same clean limbed guitar … Continue reading

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Peripheral Vision – Alpha Mule (reviewed by Sarah Ryan)

With harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkle and imagery reflective of a whiskey-fuelled fairy-tale, Alpha Mules’ ‘Peripheral Vision’ boasts an array of original and Tuscon-tuned tracks. Taking inspiration from the music of the American south and American southwest, Alpha Mule … Continue reading

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Chicken Wire –  Ash Gray (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It might seem incongruous to a Brit like me that a musician would give up Austin, Texas and relocate to Sheffield, England, even if they did do it via New York. Swapping the home of cosmic country and outsider musicality … Continue reading

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We’ll Be Fine – Flood County  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone with half a good ear would place Flood County fair and square in the country oeuvre, but genres are tricky things to get to grips with. Either they are so vague as to be next to useless, or, and … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  – CCXXXIX :  Not Too Far to Reach –  Jake Ward (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

To an outsider, particularly one born on the opposite shore of The Atlantic and with very different musical traditions running through my DNA, country music can often seem to be full of predictable pitfalls and calculated cliche. But away from … Continue reading

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All My Swim –  Faeland (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Just as music should only really fall into two categories, good and bad, so band names also have a similar binary existence. There are some great band names, ones that tell you all you need to know before you have … Continue reading

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Hearts In Need Of Repair – Sarah Morris (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Every so often, an album drops on my desk for review accompanied by a sizeable surprise of one kind or another. That some of these albums ever actually see the light of day is never a surprise, sadly. The ever-lower … Continue reading

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Maintaining Dignity in Awkward Situations – The Penny Black Remedy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Turn on any news channel and you might be forgiven for believing that the world is an ever more divided and divisive place, one whose denizens see our differences as a cause for alienation rather than celebration, a world focused … Continue reading

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