STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105258-17544 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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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