Lewis Watson: The Morning

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We like this; it reminds us of Tracy Thorn’s 1982 release A Distant Shore, a student classic: nice to listen to as you discussed life without being too demanding.

Watson plays pleasant acoustic songs with simple lyrics, ready-made for radio play or indeed, repeated plays in students’ halls of residence.

Opener Stones Around The Sun is a good example, though musically it’s a bit sparser than the rest, as Watson makes the philosophical point that, when you look at it, we’re all just stones around the sun. *Strokes chin.

Track two, the livelier Holding On is good, and, later on, Stay is a bit of an early standout.

We’ve been playing it quite a lot but it might be a bit background-music-at-Starbucks for some people.

Note: after her drippy intro, Ms Thorn of course did quite well with Everything but the Girl. Maybe Watson needs a musical partner to give his life-affirming lyrics some musical heft.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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