‘A Day Like Tomorrow’ from Fabian Holland - a rounded sumptuous album(April 20, 2015)
There’s so much more depth to the latest album, ‘A Day Like Tomorrow’ from Fabian Holland. The eloquently warm vocals remain, as does the slick finger-picked guitar, this time however there’s the addition of hovering drums and echoing percussion from Fred Claridge, keyboards and programming from Jacob Stoney with bass and electric guitars from Mark Hutchinson. The result is a rounded sumptuous sound that takes each song and the entire album into profounder realms.
The clarity of narrative remains, each successive tale takes the listener further into sharp observations, quiet reflections, incisive meaning and acute revelations. Holland has the ability to observe and comment, and then turn what he sees into lyrics that cut to the chase within seconds. ‘A Day Like Tomorrow’ offers nine originals interspersed with a couple of traditionals – the self-penned songs include the acerbic ‘Four Inch Screen’ - life captured real or not on cell phone, small town ambitions disclosed through ‘With You’, the straightforward understanding of ‘River’ and the unbridled honesty of ‘Spring’. Tradition is re-imagined within the familiar Scottish ballad ‘The House Carpenter’ and an incisive take on ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ more usually referenced on Led Zeppelin’s album ‘Presence’ and originally written by Blind Willie Johnson, it still lays bare a need to look for deliverance and spiritual struggle.
It’s towards the end of the album that Holland reveals two of his most powerful songs, brimming with shrewd scrutiny, dry humour and perceptive understanding. ‘The Old Tobacco Tin’ tells its tale of simple possessions passing from hand-to-hand, while the stark beauty of experience examined within ‘Islay’ – devastatingly poignant.
Reviewer: Tim Carroll