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‘Fly The Bluebird’ from Beau (aka Trevor Midgley) - an album of considerable individuality

(March 06, 2014)

Now I’ll freely admit that this album may not be for everyone – incidentally, a huge loss to those that decide it's not, because in my view ‘Fly The Bluebird’ from Beau (aka Trevor Midgley) is Fly The Bluebird - coveran album of considerable individuality. Fundamentally, man with guitar singing songs, the lyrical depth and incisive cut of its precisely crafted phrases make this album one that you really should take the time to get to know. This man writes slightly acerbic, softly sarcastic, perhaps faintly cynical lyrics and delivers them in a high (ish) tone that embellishes their messages.

The eponymous ‘Fly The Bluebird’ introduces both idiosyncratic vocal style and lyrical content, telling its apocalyptic tale of dire legacy, no less dour is ‘Death of an Old Year’. There’s a slightly less dark edge to ‘Lenin’ but the caustic lyrics and keen observance remains, continuing with ‘A Curious Man’ – a song for, in Trevor’s own words: “For pub philosophers, barrack-room lawyers and dinner-party bores everywhere – welcome to the fold!” I liked the entire album but my favourites are ‘All The Way Down The Line’ and ‘Saving Grace’ – telling it how it is and how it just might be.

The songs on ‘Fly The Bluebird’ deserve to be heard because they say things that would do none of us any harm to hear. Although, I suspect there’s more than a few of us that will argue the points they make and the tales they relate should come with a clear warning: ‘These songs could make you sit up and listen’ - and by the way, you should.

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'Fly The Bluebird' (Cherry Red BEAUFTB1) is available from 7 April 2014 on all major download sites, including iTunes and Amazon.

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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