James Yorkston - The Year of the Leopard
I try to avoid mentioning other artist’s names as much as possible in reviews, but after just reviewing the new Bonnie Prince Billie album the similarity in style is so close I had to check I was listening to the right CD on several occasions. To be fair James Yorkston’s voice is different and there’s less of a country influence on his music, but melodically the songs are in the same melancholic, downbeat, lamenting vein played over a bed of gentle acoustic guitar and occasional accompaniment. There’s more of a British feel to this album, especially on Woozy with Cider, a spoken word track that sums up British life and a musicians life beautifully, not that you would want an entire album of tracks like this, but it shows a more interesting side to James’s work and the promise of more to come.
Published in Maps Magazine