REVIEW FROM www.livingtradition.co.uk
KEIR All Over This Town Laverock LRK2
A couple of years
ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Nick's first solo album 'Rumours of
Snow', on which he expressed his feelings about Scotland. 'All Over This
Town' is a natural progression as it addresses contemporary issues and
emotions, but still has a distinct Scottish setting.
For those of you who are unaware, Nick Keir has been a member of The McCalmans
for at least 20 years, a performer in his own right, as well as producing
material for a variety of theatre projects. He has a fantastic voice which
makes you feel comfortable and warm, but, at the same time demands you
listen to the words. 'Fires of Edinburgh' is an outstanding track which
should be in the repertoire of a number of bands in the near future, telling
how much you don't realise how much you love a place until it is under
threat. Claire Mann plays some lovely fiddle on this track. And he's got
the amazing Emily Smith doing backing vocals and accordion on some tracks.
'Far Down the Line', a song about emigration, will become a club favourite
as it has a simple chorus, which somehow makes the message all the more
powerful. 'American Accent' is a comment on how you could only get radio
if you sang in a certain accent-one which was not your own. Things are
better now but not completely so! The track is notable for some smashing
telecaster playing by Oliver Macdonald of Lizardlikeme.
A word about the overall packaging; Good clear notes about the songs,
all the words, as well as a beautiful middle booklet illustration, show
a professional approach which is a good example to others.
So does this live up to expectations of 'Rumours of Snow' or is it a "second"
album? I have to say that, for me, 'All Across The Town' is as good if
not better. So thanks again Nick. And of course he has got the amazing
Emily Smith on some tracks.