Broken Records - Let Me Come Home
Let Me Come Home, second album from Edinburgh folkers Broken Records, is pretty impressive...mostly. Influenced by the stripped down story-telling albums like Springsteen's Gothic masterpiece Nebraska and Nick Cave's beautifully morbid Murder Ballads, the band have attempted to craft their own epic soundscape and it generally works. 'A Leaving Song' bangs in, sparse and a little empty and for those without the patience to stick it out you may already be thinking of hitting stop. The same goes for 'Modern Worksong' and 'Dia Dos Namorados!', which is a bit of a rip off of 'Where The Wild Roses Grow' from Murder Ballads, but 'Ailene' makes it almost worth the wait: sad, mournful and gloriously uplifting. Unfortunately the rest of the album never quite matches that little gem although 'You Know You're Not Dead' gives it a good shot with its ruthless energy and Jamie Sutherland's beautiful vocals. While never matching the two classic albums that inspired it, Let Me Come Home is still an enjoyable listening experience. If it ain't broke, why fix it.