Martin Flett - You Never Know

Published Thursday 8th March 2007
Martin Flett - You Never Know
Martin Flett - You Never Know

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21487-12018
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Matt Crossman

Anyone who's been around the church scene will be familiar with the music of Martin Flett - by that I mean you'll recognise instantly the use of the 12 string versus the six string acoustic guitar and the emphasis on midpaced soft rockers-come-ballads that so populate Christian music. The Yorkshire-based artist has a fair level of basic unrefined talent. You can sense a nice voice longing to get out, which a few singing lessons would unearth. As it is the vocals are fairly average - and not all that well captured in the recording studio. The songs themselves are a touch formulaic too, reliant on simple keys and arrangements (often a picked arpeggio layered over a full chord strum). I get a sense of Martin's journey from the songs - and also from the timeline of family photos which make up the front cover. The sentiments expressed are pure, and the expression heartfelt - but I wonder if these songs were meant to merely be treasured by the artist and shared at open mics rather than "released"? If that is Martin's intention, then I prescribe a crash diet of Sufjan Stevens, John Martyn with a dash of Iron And Wine for Martin before he goes back into the studio.

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Reader Comments

Posted by MaFt in The Attic @ 18:02 on Mar 9 2007

"the use of the 12 string versus the six string acoustic" - he actually used a 6-string acoustic for this record. I should know, I recorded it!


Posted by Stacey Ann Robins in South Wales @ 18:05 on Mar 8 2007

I loved the CD..He really inspired me and showed me that Jesus is always with us no matter what. I can't wait for the next albumn!!

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