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Very decent second album from ex-Grand Drive man’s current outfit.

Having emerged as a leading exponent of UK-based Americana with Grand Drive a decade ago, Danny Wilson’s transatlantic juxtapositions have surey never worked better than they do here.

Banjos and mandolins evoke the Appalachian mountains, while many of the lyrical themes are more rooted in Tulse Hill. “Henry The Van” – about a broken-down tour bus – evokes Neil Young’s “Long May You Run”, relocated to the M1 rather than Route 66. “Wandle Swan” sounds like the Doobie Brothers hymning the Mississippi, but is actually a tribute to a south London suburban stream. Lovely, improbably elegiac stuff.

Nigel Williamson.

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