‘The Road to the Rainbow’s End’ by Chris Flegg - a narcotic for stress(March 21, 2016)
There’s something relaxing, soothing almost soporific about Chris Flegg’s music – mellow vocal delivery, gently engaging instrumentation and perfectly placed observations that range from softly sarcastic to poignantly perceptive. His latest album, ‘The Road to the Rainbow’s End’ the tenth in an ongoing series, offers an amalgam of folk finely blended with touches of jazz and a soupcon of blues. And before anyone has the wrong idea, the ‘soporific’ reference does not mean sleep-inducing; it means calming, a narcotic for stress, because this album eliminated all of mine.
Although Flegg’s music is unfussed and peaceful it has the capacity to make you think about what the man says. The gentleness of the delivery masks some touching reflections that begin as personal but end up reaching a far wider audience, such as the thoughts conjured by ‘Somebody or Nobody’, the shared images raised within ‘There’s A Sound’, perhaps the flow of dreaming moving through ‘The Road to the Rainbow’s End’ the wry humour of ‘No More A Working Man’ or maybe the fragile determination laid out in the tale of ‘The Coin’.
With Chris Flegg (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards) on ‘The Road to the Rainbow’s End’ are Paul Chapman (flute) Harvey Weston (double bass) Rod Brown (percussion).
Review: Charlie Elland