John Peebles - Some Kinda Mercy

Wednesday 1st December 1999
John Peebles - Some Kinda Mercy
John Peebles - Some Kinda Mercy

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Back in 1993 in CR17, Cross Rhythms ran a two-page article on Mr Peebles. But then the most gifted songsmith seemed to slip from view. So we're delighted lo note John's back with an excellent CD and one that's already been plucked out from the mountains of releases to be featured on UCB Europe as the Contemporary Album Of The Week, a set which mixes romantic relationship songs and spiritual songs in a delicious production (from Graeme Duffin of Wet Wet Wet no less) featuring layers of acoustic and electric guitar and throatily impassioned vocals. Quality songs throughout with my current favourite being "Desperately Seeking Something" with memorable vignettes of a life of pointlessness over jangling guitars, and "Mission", a wistfully haunting ballad, but throughout there are excellent songs and intuitively sensitive arrangements. One of the best singer/songwriter albums you'll probably hear this year.

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