Artmagic: The Songs of Other England

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Top rate musicians here — Sean McGhee has toured with Alison Moyet, guitarist Richard Oakes helped Suede deliver Top 10 albums, John Cale drummer Alex Thomas is on the throne — but an album that you might find a little lacklustre.

The topics are inspired by McGhee’s interest in English folk music, hence the track titles, the music more Pink Floyd than Piers Ploughman. If not Floyd, then any of a bunch of seventies soft rock / prog bands you’ve mostly forgotten about — we thought of Barclay James Harvest.

The Farmer and the Field kicks things off with birdsong and an okay tune but it really never picks up from there.

The best we can say is nice; well played obviously but very low-key. The cover image says it all, really.

 

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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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