album of the week.
Because former Salford University students Beggar Joe, fronted by the distinctive vocal of Jon Kenzie, have just done it again. Their semi-plugged rootsy pop is a breath of fresh air.
In a music world dominated by fad and fashion, this is the genuine article - a fusion of folk, delta blues and jazz, with a side of soul. Think Ray Lamontagne by way of Paul Simon.
That such musical maturity should issue from a band in their late 20s and early 30s is remarkable. And let's not get into the fact that double-bass player Andy Brown is actually a Metallica fan.
Openers Puppet King and Sleeping City are dusty Americana, the latter the sort of thing that will have Robert Plant fans in raptures. Evil Concerns is surely a Gomez family relative.
But sweetly-sung Rely recalls Paul Simon, Ain't No Way develops a taste for funk, and finale Can You See finds Kenzie plugging in his guitar for a sublimely understated blues that beggars belief. PC
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Article Type:||Sound recording review|
|Date:||Oct 18, 2009|
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