Artist: Kris Drever, John McCusker & Roddy Woomble
Title: Before The Ruin
Bitrate: 183kbit av.
Size: 62.20 mb
Rip Date: 2008-09-09
Str Date: 2008-09-15
1. Silver And Gold 4:37
2. Into The Blue 4:27
3. All Along The Way 4:41
4. Before The Ruin 4:08
5. Hope To See 5:05
6. Rest On The Rock 3:38
7. Out Of Light 4:10
8. The Poorest Company 4:40
9. Moments Last Forever 4:35
10. Stuck In Time 5:00
Before The Ruin should be subtitled 'or what happened when
Scottish folk musicians Kris Drever and John McCusker got
together with Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble'. Not very
snappy, granted, but otherwise there is a danger that this
beautiful album will be overlooked.
Idlewild is currently without a record deal and Woomble has
been using the down time to indulge his passion for folk
music. His 2006 solo debut My Secret Is My Silence was
produced by McCusker, the fiddle virtuoso who has released
several acclaimed albums of his own. Drever, a member of the
excellent trio Lau, received plenty of critical kudos for his
2006 debut Black Water, which was also produced by McCusker.
The trio is joined on the album by a select group of musicians
drawn from the folk and rock worlds, including Norman Blake
(Teenage Fanclub), Phil Selway (Radiohead), and Donald Shaw
On this essentially straightforward folk album it is Woomble's
voice and songwriting that take centre stage, which is hardly
surprising as the project originally began life as his second
solo album. What is a delight is the way Woomble's vocals
adapt so easily to the folk idiom, lending a conversational
immediacy to his introspective songwriting.
Woomble made frequent references to the sea on My Secret Is My
Silence and water is a dominant metaphor on Before The Ruin,
with the main theme the physical and metaphorical pull of the
ocean (the album cover, painted by Orcadian painter Charles
Shearer, provides an appropriate visual representation). This
theme provides the driving force for the album's best tracks,
Into The Blue, Moments Last Forever, and Rest On The Rock,
three sublime compositions that deserve to be garlanded with
awards and become standards.
McCusker's arranging and production talents should not go
unmentioned, as he provides delicate instrumental touches
throughout that perfectly complement the basic acoustic set
up. Drever's expressive voice, a more traditional folk
instrument than Woomble's, is also used to good effect on the
album. Whether harmonising, trading verses with Woomble on All
Along The Way and Rest On The Rock, or taking the lead on The
Poorest Company, he imbues the songs with an earthy reality.
Woomble's fans followed him when he put Idlewild on hold to
record My Secret Is My Silence. Despite being largely acoustic
that album retained recognisable rock elements that are absent
from Before The Ruin. It will be their loss if they do not buy
this album for Woomble is making the best music of his career.
Hopefully, Before The Ruin will also lead several rock fans to
investigate the solo work of Drever and McCusker. Talent this
good should not be pigeon-holed.