What does it sound like?:
Big Big Train vocalist and front man David Longdon and iconic vocalist Judy Dyble collaborate here on what, it turns out, is a very fine album indeed. Although the emphasis is on a folk rather than rock sound, there is enough here to appeal to both camps, with longer pieces such as Whisper and France almost straying into prog realms at times. Another stand out song is Obedience, which is probably the piece most influenced by the sound of Big Big Train – in fact, most of said band pop up at various points during the album. Lyrics throughout the whole record are a strong point, the vocals haunting and fragile as Dyble battled against illness to complete the album – indeed, by the time of recording the final song, Heartwashing, she was only able to speak rather than sing the lines she’d written. This is a lovely album, with subtle lyrics and captivating music producing a graceful, touching and poignant set of songs – overlook it at your peril.
What does it all *mean*?
The album stands as a memorial to Judy Dyble who passed away in July. It’s a fitting tribute and testament to her huge talent.
Goes well with…
A quiet autumn evening as the leaves begin to fall and the nights draw in once more.
Might suit people who like…
Fairport, BBT, folk with just a hint of rock.