This is a surprisingly upbeat from previously-rather-folksy Newton Faulkner– full of big, rambunctious rhythms, drums, melodies, chanting, guitars that make their own kind of percussion (I’m not a musician, so forgive me if the terms are incorrect,) this album has a LOT. It’s a delightful mix- tracks such as ‘Far to Fall’ and ‘Up, Up and Away’ are so catchy and upbeat you could listen to them on your morning jog, whilst slower, perhaps more meaningful numbers such as ‘Break’ are- like the name suggests- softly heartbreaking, the kind of song you listen to whilst nursing a coffee in the early hours of the morning, when the world is still and offering time for reflection.
My favourite tracks, though, are ‘Shadowboxing’ and ‘Passing Planes’- soaring almost-anthemic torch songs offering up equal parts of angst and hope. They both reminded me of the songs he’s arguably most known for- the lovely, happy-go-lucky whimsy of ‘Dream Catch Me’ and ‘Clouds.’
I was lucky enough to go to one of his gigs, and this album is even better live. He is undoubtedly a highly talented musician, singer and songwriter, and I look forward to listening to more of his work.
Overall rating: 10 out of 10 stars. DUH.