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James Yorkston

Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society


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James Yorkston appears to be growing old gracefully. While many a middle-aged man spends his days desperately clinging to an ever-evaporating youth, the unassuming Scottish songwriter is moving through the decades with dignity.

His latest LP is further indication of Yorkston’s comfort with the advancing years. Stretched out at over an hour in length, these 16 deft, folk-flecked numbers are warm reflections on family life in a small Scottish coastal town.

It’s a reassuring work. A homely glow runs through laments such as “King of the Moles” and the sleepy strains of “Broken Wave,” while the half-spoken “Guy Fawkes’ Signature” radiates a subtle calypso rhythm to complement Yorkston’s soothing Fife intone.

With fellow Scots KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail making occasional guest appearances, this intimate recording is much like its creatora simple slow-burner that conjures up moments of real pleasure. The passing of time suits James Yorkston well. (www.jamesyorkston.co.uk)

Author rating: 7.5/10

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