CD Review by Greg Barnett
I heard Jez Lowe for the first time just a couple of months ago while reviewing his Jack Common’s Anthem album.
The man appears to be both a prolific and inventive writer/performer.
He is ably supported by the Bad Pennies (Kate Bramley, Andy May, Sean Taylor and Bob Fox).
Beside all of them providing vocals, the arrangements are rich and varied … cittern, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, violin, percussion, accordion, Northumbrian smallpipes, piano, Uillean pipes, and bass.
The vocal harmonies are tight and serve the songs well.
Jez is no slouch with lyrics.
They are plentiful, well-crafted and a joy to both hear and read.
Everyone blends well, there’s a pleasing variety of tempos and meter, some virtuoso playing, and all is crisply recorded with each contribution clearly heard in the mix.
12 tracks and 55:15 playing time.
Jewel case with 8-page booklet with lyrics and credits