Luke Leighfield - New Season

Published Tuesday 27th March 2012
Luke Leighfield - New Season
Luke Leighfield - New Season

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 123856-19009
LABEL: Got Got Need

Reviewed by Peter Timmis

As you might expect from a young man who likes to do things a little differently, this, the fourth album from the Southampton-based singer/pianist, had an unusual birth. Leighfield asked his fans to make contributions towards the cost of recording 'New Season' in exchange for various perks; the most enticing of which was the chance to actually sing with Luke on the album! Those enthusiastic devotees who dug deep are not going to be disappointed with the finished project as, put simply, 'New Season' is the best record of Luke's career and an early contender for album of the year. All of the elements that made Leighfield's previous albums such a joy to listen to are in place here: exquisite pop melodies, fine musicianship where piano, guitars, strings and brass interweave majestically, and lyrics that don't follow a well-worn, formulaic route. In fact, it's the quality of the lyrics across the album that make it such a special release; Luke sounds like a man who has truly entered a new season in his walk with God. On "Whispering" he sings, "It's been years since I've sat and listened to your voice/It is quiet but it is there," over a delicate lone piano that builds powerfully with chanted backing vocals and crashing cymbals. The best cut of all though is the refreshingly honest "It's You" where Luke sings of being saved from a life of "living for a Friday night" - "Since you plucked me from the lion's mouth, I am not the same/Sure, I miss some things from the past but they're no good for me". If you're a fan of uplifting and encouraging pop-rock then 'New Season' is an essential purchase and as a bonus, Luke is donating £1 from every sale to Christian Aid.

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