Gentle Spirit was the debut album from laid back multi-instrumentalist and producer in demand Jonathan Wilson. It is an attempt to recreate those golden summer vibes of Laurel Canyon circa the late '60s and early '70s with long and winding songs that have the honeyed harmony pop and gentle rolling folk of the likes of the Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash and Jackson Browne.
Vinyl Double LP £21.00 BELLAV294RT
2LP on Bella Union.
7/10 Penrith Steve 17th February 2015
This is not a bad effort for a debut album and is most certainly authentic in it's attempt to create a Laurel Canyon style '70s singer/songwriter record. The title track which opens the album has a dreamy, ethereal vocal and recalls Essra Mohawk's "I Am The Breeze". "Can We Really Party Today?" continues the laid back dreaminess. "Desert Raven" is reminiscent of so many '70s American bands but to the point where you can't put your finger on one - Part Eagles, Part Allman Brothers, Part David Crosby etc. etc. "The Way I Feel" is slightly more uptempo than the rest and is noticeable for that. Whilst the songs are good, they are all a bit one-paced and long, it's an issue he seems to have sorted on his "Fanfare" album which is better and more diverse.
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