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‘How Could We Be Wrong?’ from James J Turner

(April 18, 2012)

There are some albums that evoke the past, some that touch the present and others that move effortlessly between the two – ‘How Could We Be Wrong?’ from James J Turner does that with ease. How Could We Be Wrong?Equally at home 30 years ago or tomorrow this is an album of timeless acoustic rock-tinged folk, made up of incisive songs that echo encounters and experiences blended with feeling and familiarity.

Singer-songwriter James J Turner reflects the cross-pollinated musical world of his native Liverpool, mixed with his essential understanding of what makes a good song. Add to that his song writing skills, ability to dispense a good lyric and a rich, powerful voice. This is music that makes its mark - hard and deep. The opener ‘How Could We Be Wrong?’ is so right on every level, especially with its burgeoning drum and fiddle tracks. And just to hammer home the point ‘Forever No More’ drives the intensity even deeper with its hymn to lost certainty, while ‘Gone Away’ offers more folk rock energy.

James moves the presence of his potent lyrics to different places with the mournful ‘Walk The Bridge’, changes step once more as his voice drives the lyrics of ‘Beyond The Pain’ over the insistent fiddle and vitality-soaked percussion. Then ‘Silver and Gold’ hits a singular high spot with its searching passion and depth. The doleful accordion and whistle combination imparts an unmistakable Celtic feel to ‘Once Upon A Time’ perhaps the most obviously folk sensation on the album, and with their expansive feel ‘Blow Away’ and ‘Around The Next Corner’ played live could easily attain anthemic status.

On ‘How Could We Be So Wrong?’ James plays 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, mandolin, whistles and bodhran; he’s joined by the deft touches of Etienne Girard (bass guitar) Paul Walsham (drums, percussion) Mark ‘Mad Fiddler’ Knight (violin) Henry Priestman (accordion) and Vicky Mutch (cello).

'How Could We Be Wrong?' is available on Amazon, iTunes and www.jjturner.com.

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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