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Graeme James - Album Review: The Long Way Home

05 Feb 2019 // A review by Jacquie Walters

The Long Way Home is everything existing Graeme James’ fans and newcomers to his music could hope for. Thoughtful lyrics, beautiful and carefully nuanced production, and enough catchy, foot tapping tracks to satisfy any radio programmer.

James plays all the instruments himself and does an excellent job with all of them. Bass, mandolin, guitar, percussion, fiddle (and more) feature and his impressive clarity of vision as producer keeps all the elements in balance to create a thoroughly well executed and well-paced album.

Night Train provides a strong, rhythmic beginning, showcasing James’ lovely vocal timbre and range. While The Times Are Changing is the first single from the album, it’s the central trio of tracks; The Long Way Home, To Be Found By Love and Western Lakes which are the standouts for me.

Western Lakes in particular is simply exquisite. “Sometimes our words are not enough, there’s silence to observe”, sings James, and it is perhaps the way that James creates a sense of spaciousness in this track that makes it so very evocative.

The Long Way Home is a gorgeous, highly listenable album that many will love. May it soar; it surely deserves to do so.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

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