Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Martin Harley Band 2008 Grow Your Own

Genre: Folk/Americana
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:42:05
Size: 96,32 MB

United Kingdom

Grow Your Own, the latest offering from British Roots trio The Martin Harley Band, is their most accessible offering to date. The band have already gathered themselves a sizeable following, earned through their tireless work ethic and no- holds- barred live shows, and this album seems set to capitalise on this impressive reputation. It sees them transcend their Blues roots and broaden their sonic pallette, allying an undeniable pop sensibilty to fine musicianship and classic songwriting talent. Tracks such as the touring tale One For The Road and the title track have a real emotional and melodic depth only hinted at by previous recordings. Elsewhere the employment of strings and brass serve to accentuate the band's progression and mastery of their craft.

Overall, the tone of the album seems reflective, as if the band have been mellowed by experience. This is due in no small part to Harley himself, his sublime finger- picking and careworn, rugged voice driving the album along. Previously the emphasis has been on his talent for bottle- neck slide guitar, still showcased to great effect on the stomping, bluesy live favourite Nobody's Fault But Mine, but this set strikes a fine balance between the band's heavier, rockier side and wistful acoustic balladry, with standout tracks Amelie and How Long consisting of little more than Harley's voice and guitar. The defining moments, however, come when all three musicians lock into a groove, with Graeme Ross's thumping double bass and Pete Swatton's precision drumming propelling the songs along and exemplifying their high standards of musicianship, whilst also injecting a lot of fun into the proceedings, as on the toe- tapping Thousand Miles Of Sky.

This album deserves to garner the Martin Harley Band the recognition they are due, and provides a fine snapshot of an act who have transcended their influences and upped their game to create an exciting, eclectic and accessible body of work, that, above all, is packed with great tunes. (Patches McScum)


01 - One For The Road 03:30

02 - When I Go 03:26

03 - Grow Your Own 02:42

04 - Amelie 03:57

05 - Nobody's Fault But Mine 04:16

06 - A Thousand Miles Of Sky 03:36

07 - Stone Cold Believer 03:40

08 - How Long 03:26

09 - Blues At My Window (Slight Return) 05:54

10 - Sail On 03:41

11 - End Of The World 03:57

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