Album of the Month
The prospect of an award from FolkWords is unlikely to ensure artists undying fame. It does however, recognise work that we consider outstanding and wave a flag for albums that we feel you should invest some of your hard earned beer tokens to acquire. We reflect on all the albums our reviewers cover each month and select an album to recognise as FolkWords 'Album of the Month’.
Previous album choices: 'Album of the Month Archive'
March 2017 - Album of the Month: ‘Bury Me Naked' - Roving Crows
Hard on the heels of their first outing ‘Bacchanalia, an album entitled ‘Deliberate Distractions’ created something of a stir, then came an EP called ‘Up Heaval’, which left you wanting more ... and now here comes the long awaited follow up ... ‘Bury Me Naked’ from Roving Crows ... and it’s bloody marvellous. Want to wrap your head around innovative, vivavious, pulsating Celtic folk rock? Look no further, this could become the definition of the style.
Fast or slow, and there’s both, the songs come with an insistence that demands attention. Addictive hooks remain in your mind, cleaving guitar claims your ears, soaring fiddle breaks sweep you away while a drive of bass, synths and percussion pound home the message; add to that melange some wickedly sharp and poignant lyrics and you have ‘Bury Me Naked’. Now, I’ll be the first to admit a certain affinity for the directness and strength of this music, that and the evolution of soundscapes through their potpourri of instruments but whatever your musical predilection you’re going to love this.
The opener ‘Bury Me Naked’ makes intentions clear, followed by the style mix of ‘New York Love Song’ and ‘Refugee’, from there the subtle clarity of ‘Riverside’ grabs you and refuses to release. A fierce instrumental ‘Fire Sky’ rips it out while the softer approach of ‘If I Had To Choose’ strikes home, as does the melancholy narration of ‘Last Breath’. Through a percussive, guitar-driven apocalypse ‘Revolution Is Now’ tears into the ‘rigged system’ before ‘Glory Bound’ makes its considerable presence felt without ambiguity ... folk rock in top gear.
‘Bury Me Naked’ releases 8 April 2017 ... online retail sites will crash, record shop queues will be down the street.
Roving Crows are Caitlin Barrett (fiddle, lead and backing vocals) Paul O’Neil (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars) Loz Shaw (bass guitars, backing vocals, keyboards, synths, baritone electric and acoustic guitars, clarinet, banjolina, kalimba) and Tim Downes-Hall (bongos, congas, cajon, snare drums, cymbals, djembes, timbale, shakers, floor tom, gong drum).