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WILLIE CAMPBELL & THE OPEN DAY ROTATION —NEW CLOUDS IN MOTION (Invisible King)

www.williecampbell.co.uk

Rarely, have I heard an album open in such a positive and addictive fashion as heard on “Mary Rest Your Head”. For Campbell & The Open Rotation deliver this exquisite piece on their latest album, and though the song isn’t quite matched they nevertheless come through with an excellent record. 

Based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Campbell (& Co) come close on “Toxic And Sweet”. This as Fiona MacLeod takes on the role of lead vocalist, and with more tight rhythm and excellent production (Tony Doogan produced the record as he did the group’s second album, Toxic Good Toxic Bad in 2012) it and the harmony vocals wrapped “I’ve Got A Kite” next up, the momentum is nicely carried forth. On using all his songwriting nous as a story-teller and not so much a man able to craft infectious uplifting songs “Winter Late In Spring” has it all; redemption, poetic reflections and music that could not be more sympathetic towards the genuine (and) evocative lyrics. 

More urgent and poppy, “Born To Be Blind” has the unit dive headlong into a the song and more superb driving rhythm; and with “Going Through The Motions” offering a little sax (and pedal steel), and a now standard brisk rhythmic edge Campbell fronts the rocking piece in style. Utilising a more country Americana feel, as acoustic guitar gains space alongside electric lead and a generally full bodied sound “Chasing Dreams” speaks of a beautiful waitress serving his friend and of how she will turn heads, everywhere she might go. Prettier still, there's the gentle stripped back “New Eyes of Gold”, with occasional piano, organ and a more restrained approach his lyrics aren't slow in creating a glowing romantic entry. 

The final three songs of “Circles”, “What We Are Now” and “Ageing Parents” see the album off. First in a slow, sombre based fashion before edging into a shuffling and kind of infectious “What We Are Now” as the band are called into play for the well weighted theme (the lead vocals riving in stylish fashion), and with a sometimes restless jolting even, pop driven playful feel the ditty is set to lift one’s mood in an instant. 

                                                                                       Maurice Hope 

    Maurice Hope 

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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