PAUL LIDDELL A Lighthouse Keeper’s Diary Regulus (2005)
Paul Liddell has been quietly being building a large and growing
following in his native north east of England. So much so that he has coach
parties of fans following him to gigs! His latest album is a gem chock-full
of acoustic guitar led numbers and delicate arrangements (using the maxim
‘less is more’).
Stand out track has to be the opener ‘Travelling Song’ with
its acoustic guitar, heartfelt vocal and wonderful canon vocal fade out.
‘Runaway’ could easily make the daytime play list on BBC Radio 2 and have
the masses snapping up the tune if it were a single (would leave David Gray
in his dust!).
Paul Liddell adds various instruments to certain tracks including the brass accompaniment on ‘Hi-Rise’ and it makes the album have
plenty of variety rather than just a singer/songwriter album full of
acoustic guitar passages. Liddell has very clean and melodious vocal, which
coupled with his knack of penning a thought-provoking lyric makes for a
highly enjoyable and rewarding album.
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