‘Magnificent Creatures’ by Gren Bartley - creates an enduring impression(September 23, 2015)
The latest album from Gren Bartley falls squarely into the ‘once heard stays forever’ bracket; and although perhaps not forever, this will remain in your head for a long time. The man writes powerful, meaning-soaked compelling songs that come with possessive hooks and driving melodies to create an enduring impression. With each song you feel both the presence of the performer and the power of his songwriting as ‘Magnificent Creatures’ stands testament to the intensity of his skill as musician and writer, a combination to make a statement that should not be ignored.
This time out, Bartley arrives with a tantalising two-piece string section, insistent percussion and his own inimitable touch on guitar. From songs like ‘Tall Wooden Walls’ and ‘Angels Fade’ through ‘Nightingale’ and ‘Of The Girl’ to ‘Strange Times’ and ‘Undone’, Bartley serves up a distinctive fusion of poetry and music that engrosses, simple as that.
Playing on ‘Magnificent Creatures are The Gren Bartley Band: Gren Bartley (vocals,guitar,banjo) Julia Disney (vocals, piano, violin) Sarah Smout (vocals, cello) and Lydia Glanville (percussion). Website: www.grenbartley.com
Review: Charlie Elland