After whole lots of “joy with the melodic sunshine-pop” of his former cosmic rough ride, as well as last year’s debut solo album Ramshackle Beauty, here’s something to fill the gap until the official follow up release.
Even though Danny says that he “feels that these tracks didn’t fit in with the themes and moods of either of his records”, I’m believe that this collection is sure to please any fan of whatever he’s done before.
If you think that the lead-off single, the Wishbone Ash song, Time Was, might be a strange choice for him to cover, fear not, because for the occasion, it mutates into an Eastern-tinged, Madchester-influenced, dancefloor filler, and then again, if you’re looking for a peace of straw, that will save you from any surprises, I think that the West-Coast-harmony-drenched jangle of Your Eyes (Part 2) is a pretty safe bet.
Also, there’s plenty of that fragile, Young-ish folky-pop in the debut album’s title song (not included on it) and Bluebirds Flying High, while the closer A Song For The Lonely adds a bit of a country flavour to it too. The Shape I’m In, I’m Hanging Around, We Can Get It Right and Love, Love, Love are all contemporary ‘66/’67 slightlydelic power-pop reminiscing, and The Cello Player is a cool loungey piece of popsike “trackarack”.
If you decide to write only one “postcard” this summer, I don’t think you’d make a mistake by choosing this particular one.
[Released by Measured 2005]