William The Conqueror is a project led by Scottish singer/songwriter Ruarri Joseph. Bleeding On The Soundtrack is the second of three albums they intend to make linked by a themes of childhood, fatherhood and motherhood. Joseph wrote the songs and based them on his own experiences. Produced by Ethan Johns. LP and CD on Loose.
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6/10 Richard 26th February 2019
William The Conqueror seem to have settled nicely into a particular style of sound, on the follow up to 'Proud Disturber Of The Peace', also released on Loose. If I were being a tad mean you could say that they sound way too comfortable and seem content to knock out some high-end pub-rock. It's very accomplished and could easily be the work of a touring band who always seem to play the same venues, and know exactly what the punter wants. But repeated listens start to reveal a at first unseen hidden depth, and the hooks start to pull you in a little more, with opener 'Path of the Crow' a prime example of this. Another highlight is slow burner 'The Burden', but 'Thank Me Later' really does sail too close to the MoR wind, regardless of how many times you give it a chance. A mixed bag overall.
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