Kill The Wolf by Matt Berry was available on Vinyl LP & CD but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl LP £14.99 AJXLP327
Gatefold LP on Acid Jazz.
CD £9.99 AJXCD361
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- Kill The Wolf by Matt Berry
Reviewing the follow-up to an album you really love, especially when time is limited, can be a bit of a handicap sometimes. It can take two or three listens to really get over the fact that the new album isn’t the old album and accept it on its own terms. I did in fact catch one of Matt Berry’s recent live shows and was a little perturbed at times by the folk-reggae flavour of some of the new songs and his expanded guitar-heavy line-up, but then he isn’t an easy artist to pin down since he’s always thrown in unexpected and oft-unfashionable influences with repeatedly delightful results, particularly when he’s delving into his cupboard of vintage synthesizers.
‘Kill The Wolf’ is not ‘Witchazel’. Opening strongly with a re-recorded version of ‘Gather Up’, a few highlights come early - ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Medicine’ showcase the finer points of the new shuffly indiepop style he adopts for much of this album and mid-album prog monster ‘Solstice’ is terrific fun and gives me some of those synths I was wanting, but midway through the album the momentum seems to lag with ‘The Signs’ coming dangerously close to recycling previous material and all manner of folk-lite whimsy making me feel disappointed. At this point I have to say that with the exception of a handful of tracks I’m not nearly as into this as ‘Witchazel’, but I think Berry’s music, whilst not being strictly funny, is best approached with tongue firmly in cheek. Perhaps I will warm to it when I’ve given it a chance to settle in.
10/10 CC 28th November 2014
Have just bought this record and have been constantly playing it - it is the perfect accompaniment while driving around the Wiltshire countryside in this mellow misty autumnal weather, so atmospheric, beautiful, intelligent, understated, sublime, in fact I had a sudden urge to put on a mustard coloured polo neck and purple velvet cape......mmm, I think I may have a huge crush on Mr Berry....
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