Jools Holland And His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra - Moving Out To The Country

It is staggering to think that Jools Holland was only 15 when he first formed Squeeze with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. Impressively, he has managed to release an album every single year for the past 10 years - alongside his work touring with his band and also fronting possibly the only music show in the UK worth watching. This new album is a collection of songs that sees Holland and the band go rural, with a mixture of country-inspired pieces.

As usual, the guest list is extensive and on the whole impressive. Richard Hawley puts in a wonderful performance on I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, a beautiful, soft piece where Holland is more restrained than usual, gently providing a backbone of piano to a very satisfying song. It is certainly an album highlight, as are the tracks peformed with Bob Geldof, paying tribute to his musical hero Kris Krisofferson on For the Good Times and The Pilgrim. However, the surprising finest point comes via Paul Carrick, who performs Take These Chains From My Heart, a rolling piece of country music with a snapping rhythm and some fine hammond.

There are the usual songs that sound far to overdone and overblown - Tom Jones in particular cannot seem to do anything apart from threaten to smash the microphone into tiny pieces, and Marc Almond sounds out of place on The Games People Play. However, this album is a good and varied mix - from the laidback, smooth sound of Dreaming My Dreams With You, performed by Brian Eno, to a passionate and emotive performance by David McAlmont. Fans of country and fiddly, boogie-woogie piano will love this release, that at least sees Jools and his band do something slightly different.



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Last updated: 19/04/2018 03:53:39

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