Keith Sadler - Allow Joy

Published Thursday 8th October 2015
Keith Sadler - Allow Joy
Keith Sadler - Allow Joy

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153284-22420
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Keith Sadler is the kind of singer/songwriter who, if you catch him play in a coffee house or bar somewhere you'd find yourself scribbling his name down on a menu or serviette so that later you could go and search the 'net to see whether he's ever recorded anything. The Stowmarket songsmith cut this one last year and a heartwarming delight it is. Avoiding the singer/songwriter tendency towards maudlin miserablism or obscure metaphor, the five songs on 'Allow Joy' are decidedly uplifting. Even a story song about a dead loved one as on "In East Anglian Fields" Keith reminds us that her heart is finally home while the opener tells us to "Take it easy on yourself/Allow yourself joy, joy, joy" without a hint of corny jollity. Equally engaging is the ukulele-driven "The Best Day" which even features a little bit of whistling without forcing me to reach for the skip button (no mean feat considering this reviewer's intolerance of whistling). Strong melodies, lyrics which skillfully deliver their points and a beautifully deft production by Chris Lockington all combine to make this EP one you'll play often.

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