FAIRPORT CONVENTION 'Over The Next Hill'|
Matty Grooves Records (2005)
Some bands like wines get better with age and Fairport Convention are
certainly one of these.
2004 marked a traumatic year for the band as the bass player Dave Pegg separated from his wife, Christine and
this meant major upheaval as these two people were the driving force behind
the band’s label Woodworm Records and the annual Cropredy festival.
Thankfully it wasn’t too messy and the band soldier on producing one of
their best studio albums in over fifteen years in my humble opinion.
Interestingly there are a lot of outside writers this time including Steve
Tilston, Ben Bennion and a Dylan cover - ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’. Band mainstay
Simon Nicol still sounds in fine voice and relative ‘newboy’ Chris Leslie
seems to have breathed life into the band and has a decent set of vocals
Highlights include ‘I’m Already There’ and Fairport do a bit of prog rock
even on ‘Wait For The Tide To Come In’. Violinist Ric Sanders shows his
worth on the two instrumental medleys the uptempo ‘Canny Capers’ and ‘Some
Special Place’. ‘Westward’ is the sort of rousing folk tune Fairport does so
If you’ve never sampled the delights of this band this album is as good
as any place to start. We are very lucky to have such a gifted and talented
band like this still producing fine music this many years down the line.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly