Uncut Magazine for the Champs

Tuesday, 5th January 2010

Very decent second album from ex-Grand Drive man's current outfit.Having emerged as a leading exponent of UK-based Americana with Grand Drive a decade ago, Danny Wilson's transatlantic juxtapositions have surey never worked better than they do here.Banjos and mandolins evoke the Appalachian mountains, while many of the lyrical themes are more rooted in Tulse Hill. "Henry The Van" - about a broken-down tour bus - evokes Neil Young's "Long May You Run", relocated to the M1 rather than Route 66. "Wandle Swan" sounds like the Doobie Brothers hymning the Mississippi, but is actually a tribute to a south London suburban stream. Lovely, improbably elegiac stuff.Nigel Williamson. 

“there’s always been a sense of a tasteful restraint to the studio albums but unleashed on stage with their raspy vocals and heartland rock and soul, they’re like a power station on steroids.”


“This is a proper old school live album, makes you want to go to a gig”


“songs like This Is Not a Love Song and and Stay True which come at you one after the other; are destined to make ‘new fans’ wonder why these kids aren’t topping the bill at Glastonbury with their magic formula and bittersweet songs.”