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- Northern Songs by JD Meatyard
9/10 pat d 16th September 2013
'Northern Songs' is jd meatyard's follow up to last years 'jd meatyard' debut, again on the terrific indie label Probe Plus in Liverpool.
The debut was a sober, lo fi debut, with some songs achingly painful in their telling of break ups and breakdowns together with instant classics such as 'Olive Tree - Palestine Song' and 'Myspace Star'.
This new album, I got a copy at a recent JDM gig at the John Peel Centre, is a real step on from the debut, much richer in the sound overall without losing any of the lo fi integrity. Stand out songs are 'Standing in The Shadows of Better Men' which opens with the killer line "And God made the Pixies...", 'One Last Waltzing' another quietly disturbing look into the end of an affair and 'Blow it Out Your Arse - A political Song' a beautiful tune but with a frank account of current politicians - there is a great youtube video of this here www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLdws4Ml-hE.
A great album from a criminally ignored singer songwriter, if he was from New York he'd be a feted and appearing on Jools Holland.
Oh aye, 'Dance With You' is a cracker as well, a smart play on songwriting and over earnestness!
I cannot recommend this highly enough, if you want your music highly polished then look elsewhere, if you want terrific songs from a songwriter who has evidently lived the life and expresses it without bullshit then jd meatyard's yer man.
8/10 Bren 16th September 2013
This is indeed a very good album, a level of song craft more akin to across the Atlantic than the UK.
I never much cared for jd meatyard's bands in the BBC John Peel days so it's some surprise to me that he has come up with such strong songs on this CD. There is a well odd mix of the most personal of songs with fierce attacks on contempoarypolitics with 'JesseJames' and the great line "you can take your Daily Mail, You can take your fkn finger" and I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
I've seen him perform recently, his live performance is erratic and chaotic, but never less than intense. On this album you really get what this guy is about, very personal songs with top lyrics, astute observational stuff and a healthy dose of the political too.
The first poster said a 'great' album, time will only tell, but what I can say is it is a very good album.
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