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- Country Mile by Johnny Flynn
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 September 2013
Anyone who has heard the new Jake Bugg single will know that the nadir of recorded music has now been reached. The only way is up, right? There are slight Bugg-isms to the opening guitar riff on this new Johnny Flynn record but luckily the track that follows ‘Country Mile’ is rather engaging. The kind of track that references old rural blues and folk records, gives them a modern twist without sounding like fucking Mumford and Sons.
The tracks that follow don’t quite have its bite and are a pleasant take on folky English strums which, sadly (maybe because I spoke too soon), are not a million miles from Mumford and his lot. Flynn is not as guilty of their intolerable folk-lite but doesn’t help himself with the soft production and the sing-along choruses. And lyrically it's a mixed bag, I just don’t know where or how a 29 year old actor and musician has an altercation with a ferryman never mind write about it.
I’m preferring the tracks that have a bit more about them, despite its title ‘Fol-De-Rol’ has a nice wandering melody and some really neat vocal counter harmonies. ‘Einstein’s Idea’ has a pleasant sea shanty melody and has a nice raw feel to it despite some rather ill-advised falsetto. It's a nice record, pleasant, will definitely appeal to the nu-folk crowd and to those who find James Yorkston just a little too edgy.
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