'Songs for the Road' is Ford's second album, following on from his 2005 release 'I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I've Caused'. The album opens with a song that has been used to open David Ford gigs for well over a year, called 'Go To Hell'. It's a short, string based song, which brings the listener into the mood of the album immediately. Other songs, well known to the Ford-faithful from his gigs, follow this and it's certainly interesting to hear the studio versions of these songs.
There are a few tracks on the album which, I feel, simply don't convert to CD well from that live setting. 'Scream Down St Peter' is a prime example - a song which Ford introduced to only his most recent live sets, and even though being well received at the gigs, I feel has been let down by the studio recording.
Others though, manage to capture Ford's sheer live brilliance perfectly, and I think the first five tracks on the album, bar possibly 'Go To Hell' - which ironically was the first single - are all single worthy. 'Decimate', 'I'm Alright Now' and 'Train' are all upbeat, fantastic songs, and 'Song for the Road' is a beautiful slow song about being a touring musician, which Ford uses as set closer.
The album finishes with a brand new song which I have not heard played live, called '...And so you fell'. After an initial listen, it's not jumping out at me as one of Ford's best, but his song writing talent is such that he is consistently churning out beautiful songs, and this is not an exception - it's just not as powerful as 'Song for the Road' perhaps.
Within the weeks following my purchase of Ford's first album, I fell in love with every single track. Whether that's the case here, we shall have to wait and see, but I think it's very likely - it really is a superb CD.
'Songs for the Road' is a brilliant album. It's a step towards the mainstream, in my opinion, from 'I Sincerely Apologise for all the Trouble I've Caused', but nevertheless, this does not detract from Ford's outstanding talent and the album is well worth the asking price... I recommend it to anyone who likes music.