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- Bill Fay by Bill Fay
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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 12th February 2015
The sticker on the front of my copy of this attributed a quote to Uncut Magazine which claimed that Bill Fay was the missing link between Ray Davies and Nick Drake. It's an idea that I've never got my head around because to my ears he doesn't sound anything like either. It should have said, "Ray Davies and Nick Drake are two great English songwriters you've probably heard of. May I introduce you to one you may not have heard of? He's called Bill Fay" I know it's not a particularly snappy soundbite, but it's more accurate. It's also possible that I'm being WAY too pedantic about a sticker.
Anyway, this is great. It's folkish songs orchestrated with occasional hints of jazziness and at times, big orchestral booms. "We Want You To Stay" and "Methane River" are brilliant, although my favourite track on here has always been the bonus track "Screams In The Ears" which was a non-album single at the time of it's original release in 1971.
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