CD Jim Moray (CD 1220595), Audio Other
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Jim Moray

  • 1. Prelude
    2. Lord Willoughby
    3. Dog + Gun
    4. Barbara Allen
    5. Nightvisiting
    6. Fair and Tender Lovers
    7. My Sweet Rose
    8. Flow My Tears
    9. Gilderoy
    10. Who's the Fool?
    11. Magic When You're Near
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NIBL005

  • Credits
    ProducerJim Moray
    EngineerJim Moray; Grant Showbiz

    Personnel: Jim Moray (guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion, programming); Andrew Alphabet, Jon Bridges, Simon Stafford, Nic O'Connor, Niall Foster, Jason White , Josh Roberts (strings); Jackie Oates (recorder); Alexander Greville, Patric Fiergaard (brass).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Moray.
    Audio Remasterer: Matt Colton.
    Arranger: Jim Moray.
    Jim Moray's self-titled second album is an odd beast. On the one hand it seems to pull back from the sonic excesses of his debut to create something best described as folk-indie. But on the other hand it's very complex, darker, and more satisfying. Most of the tracks are traditional, as before, reworked by Moray, but there are three of his own compositions and one piece by lutenist John Dowland ("Flow My Tears"). Other than a very personal take on the big ballad "Barbara Allen," he's avoided well-known material, and the sound is definitely more acoustic -- at one point the piano evokes school assemblies. It's definitely a disc that demands repeated playing in order to penetrate its shell. But really, it's folk-rock for a modern age, all the more impressive because Moray plays everything but strings, brass, and recorder himself, a veritable tour de force that gives him complete control over the sound (he arranged the other instruments). It's definitely more stripped down, but somewhat colder; even his voice doesn't have its earlier warmth. Take time with it, however, and it's ultimately very satisfying, like exploring a house with strange little rooms. ~ Chris Nickson

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