Right Track Records www.rhyswilliamsmusic.com
This is his debut album having previously worked with Morrissey amongst others (he played flute on Morrissey’s ‘I’m Not Sorry’). He has a couple of name guests in pedal steel player BJ Cole and strings arranger Paul Frith (Sufjan Stevens).
It is a glorious pop rock ride from start to finish. Opener ‘Hurricane Jane’ features strings (the riff is like ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’), harmony vocals overload and the melodious singing of Rhys himself. Although ‘Downhill’ (an everyday tale of sexual encounters in various locations) is the lead track/single I’d personally say ‘Hurricane Jane’ is the most instant hit on the album. Mind you ‘Banknotes’ is not far behind, again featuring some lovely harmony vocals. ‘The Tame Lions’ shows a quieter, reflective side to his songwriting. Like James Blunt but without the whiny vocal.
A very assured debut album, making it a delight for lovers of quality pop rock tunes. Hopefully this marks the start of a long, successful music career.
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