Ian David Sloan - Passive Resistance

Saturday 1st April 1995
Ian David Sloan - Passive Resistance
Ian David Sloan - Passive Resistance

RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11780-7354
LABEL: Mainstream MAIND4

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I had great hopes of this album, a simple but classy sleeve, a biog that told me singer/songwriter Ian had been working on Passive Resistance' for two years, an association with the brilliant Sam Hill. But I found it uninvolving and laid back to the point of torpor. Maybe it was that lan's voice doesn't have a great deal of passion, maybe it was Richard G Mitchell's production which though always highly musical lacked stylistic focus. Or maybe the problem was the songs which, though penned by an articulate wordsmith, seemed devoid of that old songwriter commodity 'hooks'. If your tastes veer toward ultra subdued, slightly melancholic music you might violently disagree with this review. But for me all the fine playing couldn't cover a dull and dreary musical set.

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Posted by John Coulter in Ballynahinch @ 23:21 on Jan 6 2017

This review is unfair. Ian is a great artist and engages really well with his audience. He has a cool laid back style and has meaningful lyrics.

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