God Bless The Pretty Things
Andrew Marr's singer songwriter of choice has been turning out consistently good records since the demise of The Bible, but this one is exceptional, an album of superior Anglo-Saxon Americana aided by John McCusker on fiddle and Ewan Vernal on bass.
New Year's Eve is a simple tale well picked and plucked, and accordion brings a breeziness to Paris After The War, while Rags is a jazz-tinged melodic peach, oozing class from every bar. "Went to bed sober and woke up drunk," sings Boo, more bemused than remorseful, on a consistently strong collection of songs that deserves a wider audience.
Download this: Geography, Rags
• This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday on 08/11/09