I managed to get an early copy of this album from a friend and I gotta say that it's probably one of the best I've ever heard. If he did infact compose all these songs himself then he is without doubt a master lyricist up here with the likes of Paul Simon, Lennon and Macca and even Dylan. There's a song for almost every mood and absolutely non are alike. These are some of my favs;
Sweet Luigi tells a story of a lonely sounding, old Italian man living in the U.K. content with picking cherries from his trees.
Under the Fence has a simple yet suprisingly catchy melody and I think would make a very popular single if released.
Angels Gather Here is set in a minor key, sounds quite unconventional with it's slow playing jazzy organ and has a totally catchy underlying bassline. The song has a downright "COOL" feel to it.
Finally Gone, for it's slick guitar riffs and strong harmonies, mirrors classic Beatles hits such as "Day Tripper" or "Paperback Writer".
Time Takes It's Toll has to be my favourite, tough though it was to choose. I'd say this particular track is crying out to be released around christmas with it's sad yet festive sounding brass section that springs up with a distinct melancholy. If this one's not a top ten hit I'll eat my hat.
Last but not least Trouble And Strife. This song is a bold but succesful take on modern jazz. It's all about the rhythm of the drums and acoustic guitar. Best of all are the plonking classic sounds of the double bass playing gradually more complicated riffs that are almost conflicting with the opposite sounds of the distorted ,"top end" guitar riffs.
All in all this album was very well conceived, well written and was obviously given a lot of careful consideration throughout it's production. Sam Beeton has a powerful, high note reaching, DANGEROUS voice and he ain't affraid to use it. At only 19 years he's a pro with his guitars and can rival the most highly acclaimed lyricists the music business has to offer. Trust me he's one to look out for as I'm sure he'll be around for a long time. If in a few years time he can write another album like this then he'll be a great artist we in the U.K. can be proud of.
Best of luck Sam.