Jonathan Day - Carved In Bone

Published Thursday 10th February 2011
Jonathan Day - Carved In Bone
Jonathan Day - Carved In Bone

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105258-17544
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul Kerslake

Jonathan is no stranger to the pages of Cross Rhythms, having made some groundbreaking recordings since his debut cassette "Water Sand Stone" was released back in 1990. 'Carved In Bone' is his first release in over six years, and is described on the sleeve as "contemporary rural music from Shropshire" which is an accurate description. Opener "Canticle" has a contemporary acoustic groove enhanced by deft percussion and some exquisite vocal harmonies. Jonathan possesses a fine voice and is clearly an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. "Bonnie Light Horseman" is a more traditional folk song with some subtle fiddle and cello work and Jonathan's voice contrasts with Chris While beautifully. Jonathan has surrounded himself with some exemplary musicians that support the songs ably, while retaining a laid back, assured feel. It's great to hear an album so full of acoustic "real" instruments for a change. Jonathan's experience shines through this set of songs; this is an accomplished album in every way, from the songwriting craft to the musicianship on display right through to the subtle production that captures the performances without detracting and resisting the temptation to add too much. There is an incredible depth and maturity here; the songs are accessible while repeated listening reveals so many more layers. A beautiful record - let's hope there's not such a long wait for Jonathan's next release.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Adam in Shrewsbury @ 14:42 on Feb 7 2011

A superb album from a fantastic artist, with world class supporting vocals and backing musicians. Great work Jon!

Posted by Jack Tolley in Borders @ 18:27 on Jan 18 2011

I really like Jonathan's work....thanks for letting us know about this new recording. Very exciting after a number of years without Jonathan putting anything out. One question...where is the review?

Reply by jack tolley in borders @ 13:43 on Mar 6 2011

Thanks for the review :) Agree with you, great album!

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