STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87268-16220 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Thomson
This is a first-time album for Scottish singer/songwriter Tommie and celebrates YMCA's 150th year in Inverness. The passion and conviction of Tommie's songs is immediately clear. A grungy recording coupled with a guitar-driven sound locate 'Soul Bearing' firmly in the indie rock compartment and though the vocals aren't polished, the bluesy guitar work of Paul Baird (well known for his long time stint with Celtic rockers The Electrics) and some tasty Hammond B3 from another ex Electric Allan Hewitt ensure that the album has a satisfyingly earthy, organic feel. Just occasionally, the music achieves an otherworldly quality, most noticeable on "Hallelujah" and "Jerusalem", the former co-written by the album's producer Sammy Horner. If you have an ear for gritty Celtic-tinged rock, 'Soul Bearing' is one to search out.
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