Friday
Apr242015

Reviews by Paul McGee

Friday
Apr242015

Peter Mulvey 'Silver Ladder'

An accomplished singer-songwriter with a strong back catalogue, Peter Mulvey writes songs from the heart and brings a human touch with messages of endurance, forgiveness and hope along the way. Here, we are given twelve songs that cover a whole range of emotions and moods. Copenhagen Airport is a quirky workout that lightens some of the more serious content on display. The closing track Landfall is a considered piece of song-writing that reflects upon our time in the world as ‘this is just another suit of clothes’.

There is the sad acceptance of a past relationship put into perspective on Where Did You Go? Trempealeau questions the honesty of relationships and contains the lines ‘If it’s true that we go as we came; why can’t you just say I love you?’

You Don’t Have to Tell Me and Sympathies run along at a bouncy rhythm and the grove of Josephine is infectious. On the stream of consciousness song, If You Shoot Ata King You Must Kill Him, we are treated to a trip into the mind of the artist as he regresses to the dawn of creation and the presence of a single raindrop. His is heady stuff indeed and a fitting addition to the body of work that continues to unfold. Peter Mulvey artist, raconteur, wandering minstrel and travelling companion; the destination is unknown but the twists along the road are all worth the fare.

Friday
Apr242015

Annika Fehling 'Rust and Gold'

Seven songs included here from Swedish singer-songwriter Annika Fehling, who lives on the island of Gotland. She has quite a substantial back catalogue to her name, with sixteen releases dating back to 1993 and tours internationally, together with hosting workshops in song-writing and performance arts. Annika has a strong voice and plays guitar with an easy style. Three songs are taken from past releases, while another four are material that has not been previously released.

Friday
Apr242015

Lauren Lapointe 'Superhero'

This is the third release from Savannah based singer-songwriter Lauren Lapointe. She delivers a strong country sound with clear vocals and a good production on the twelve songs included here. The themes run from man trouble and relationships to loving yourself and believing in tomorrow. Be your own best friend is a mantra that repeats across a number of the tracks. There is a tribute to Scotland (Scotland Tonight) and the question of living past lives; plus the radio friendly The Ghost of Elvis which is a highlight. I can sometimes hear Loretta Lynne within the vocal performance and this artist is something of a new talent to be reckoned with. Songs like Superhero, Heroine and Silent Hurricane only serve to support the case for her continued rise to greater media exposure.

Friday
Apr242015

Millpond Moon 'Broke in Brooklyn'

A debut release from Norwegian guitar duo Rune Hauge and Kjersti Misje, that arrives with plenty of goodies and treats. Ably backed by brothers Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins on fiddle and double bass, this talented combination serve up music of the highest quality, with strong melodies and perfect vocal harmonies, all combining to deliver a compelling set. Of the twelve tracks here, two are instrumentals that highlight the fine talents of these musicians and there are three cover versions included among the surprises on offer. A rewarding trip down Acoustic Avenue.