Best Of The Batch: Sue Merchant
Artist: Sue Merchant
Label: Bandit Records
Sue Merchant has released an acoustic folk masterpiece called Fool. The simplicity of the instrumentation, beautiful melodies (notably on the opening title track) and Merchant’s clear and atmospheric voice, at times classically influenced with a definitive English accent, along with her descriptive and thoughtful lyrics, make for a nice journey for listeners.
I always said that if given the choice I would prefer to rock out, even though my tastes are broad in scope. However, folk music has a way of spinning a tale and relaxing me if it is exceptional. This album got my attention straight away and provoked me to listen several times to absorb the storylines found between the notes. Amongst other subjects, Merchant sings of lovers, friends, and family on this release. I do not think she could be more up close and personal and real than what you will hear on this CD.
Merchant gets some help from her friends for some well timed and placed background and harmony vocals, classical guitars, and bass. Key elements were the layers of acoustic guitars, piano, and keyboards beautifully played to accompany her expressive breathy vocals. Collectively it all clicks, bringing the production to splendid fruition. Check off the list of things you look for in an album if you are a meticulous listener and chances are you will be satisfied with Fool.
Just like a line from the hard realities and finality of the track “Vignette from the Edge”- “Its time to find heaven before we die.” I think you can find it right here on this great CD.
01. Fool (3:09)
02. To the Lighthouse (4:06)
03. Virginia in the Fall (3:25)
04. Sarah, sing me the Blues (3:19)
05. Stage Plays (2:58)
06. Virtually Unreal (2:55)
07. The Homecoming (4:25)
08. Vignette from the Edge (3:30)
09. J'Attends (3:59)
10. Those who Lose (4:14)
Sue Merchant: Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Viv Lynham: Counter & Harmony Vocals
Mark Barnwell: Spanish/Classical & Electric Guitar
Martin Selwood: Keyboards
Chris Foden: Acoustic/Electric/Classical & Bass Guitar
Dawn Blamey: Keyboards & Harmony Vocals
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