Reviewed by Chris Webb
Cornwall is the furthest South West county of England thrusting out into the Atlantic and retaining an identity distinct from the rest of the country excellently exemplified by The Grenaways on this album. Describing themselves as a band in the 'folk music genre' these Cornish musos have put together a collection of songs where the St Ives surf seeps through, splashing each track with a delightful feel of sea, sand and sparse open countryside. Both female and male voices blend with the instruments to form a complete package of musical mystery and magic. Violin, trumpet, flute, acoustic guitars, double bass, keyboard and drums make for an intriguing musical blend as these accomplished musicians clearly enjoy displaying their God-given talents. Every song is raised to great heights by quality song craft, enthusiasm and lyrical astuteness. Thought provoking words about God, life, love, doubt and fear are supported by strong melodies and a deftness of touch. "Pura Vida" demonstrates this so well as the male vocal gives way to, firstly, the soaring flute and slinky violin vying for attention and then the proud trumpet and violin strive to outdo each other as the listener is encouraged to "lift up, lift up, lift up your hearts and sing" all based on a solid strumming acoustic guitar and simple rhythmic drum beat. The story of Jonah gets an outing and the words of Solomon from the Proverbs feature in "Be Still Young Heart" as the band explore a variety of themes. So accomplished, stylish and professional this band won't remain a Cornish secret for much longer.
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