One Big Sky - One Big Sky

Published Monday 2nd June 2008
One Big Sky - One Big Sky
One Big Sky - One Big Sky

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45619-14007

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

Describing themselves as the house band for the Soul Café at St Paul's Church in Derby, One Big Sky brings back together four members of its precursor The Harbour Lights, who had to wind down in Autumn 2007. Very capably fronted by new girl Joanne Carlier, the line-up also includes guitarist and songwriter Phil Baggaley, half of 1980s acoustic duo Phil & John (and many projects since). With an easy-going delivery, possibly reminiscent of The Beautiful South, there's a real sense of joie de vivre in much of the music. That's perhaps best encapsulated in "1985", a song which draws on memories of first joining a band and playing guitar: "Do you remember late September 1985? They were days that shaped our history, it was good to be alive." Opener "Smiling Down" feels similarly positive, and brimming with feel-good metaphors "What Love Can Do" celebrates the transforming power of love. By way of a contrast, "Lost Things" is more sombre in mood, but no less full of hope: "I've been looking, looking for the lost things, things that have been broken over time.searching for the missing, for the long-forgotten and the left-behind," reaching out in love and reassurance "to let you know that it's all right, offer you a hand full of life." Just four songs here and one is left definitely wanting more.

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