Gareth Davies-Jones - Chasing Light

Published Monday 12th September 2011
Gareth Davies-Jones - Chasing Light
Gareth Davies-Jones - Chasing Light

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 110995-17999
LABEL: Independent

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Reviewed by Michael Durrant

Track eight on this album is called "Troubadour", a beautiful punchy ballad from the Northumberland-based songsmith which speaks of journeying and life on the road. In many ways it sums up the whole of 'Chasing Light' which truly does take the listener on a journey of musical styles and lyrical pictures and is permeated throughout by Davies-Jones' soothing vocals and superb musicianship. The first two tracks, "The Fields" and "Hidden" are a couple of high quality stops along the route of mainstream acoustic songs that prepare us for a sharp turn westwards towards "Reilly", an updated Irish sea-shanty and "Sweet Portaferry", a lovely Celtic ode to Gareth's childhood home in County Down. We then take an altogether political change of direction with the poignant "Berlin To Bethlehem" and "Headlines", the latter of which is reminiscent of the lyrically intelligent work of Del Amitri. The title track is a meditative acoustic guitar instrumental, where the player's proficiency is demonstrated by the complete lack of 'fret buzz' and excellent use of string harmonics at the end. Warm, full and thought-provoking.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Fields [Listen]
2. Hidden [Listen]
3. Reilly [Listen]
4. Sweet Portaferry [Listen]
5. Berlin To Bethlehem [Listen]
6. Headlines [Listen]
7. Chasing Light [Listen]
8. Troubadour [Listen]
9. Character [Listen]
10. PQ17 [Listen]
11. Rover Of The Sea [Listen]
12. Ingram [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Richard Smith in Sheffield @ 23:06 on Oct 6 2011

Great review, never heard of Gareth before finding this but made me want to listen for myself and I agree with everything I've read. Songs sound familiar even on first listen. Thanks Michael.

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