Tim Grainger - Here In Shadowlands

Published Thursday 8th May 2008
Tim Grainger - Here In Shadowlands
Tim Grainger - Here In Shadowlands

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 43505-12732
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Tim is a London-based singer/songwriter who originally sung with the Northern Ireland band Clay. 'Here In Shadowlands' is a four track EP aiming to showcase his Dylan/folk influenced songs. Opening track "Souls Butterflies" is way too long at over seven minutes - it fails to grab as the opening track purely because of its length. At three minutes it would act as a sharp intro leading into the fun and snappy second track "Falling Apart" which has a real country-folk feel to it despite its themes of loneliness, unrequited love and a search for God - I imagine this is a favourite of Tim's to play and that comes across in the track's energy. The pace slows down for "Uneasy Feeling" which works because of a simple, pretty harmony that runs through. The CD rounds off with the ponderous "When Someone You Love Goes Away" which has the potential to affect and move but fails to build up or develop in any way over its six and a half minutes, remaining a meandering blend of acoustic guitar, deep synth and spacey e-bow. Tim's voice is great but one is left feeling there's a range and passion yet to be discovered.

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