Album Review: The Great White Sea Eagle by James Yorkston
Excellent, Based on 3 Critics
musicOMH.com - 80 Based on rating 4
A special collaboration of tender, gentle moments that results in an enchanting and meditative listen When artists come together to collaborate there's no guarantee it'll be successful. Sometimes the much awaited creative spark may not fully materialise or the end results may not quite stand up to initial expectations. On other occasions however the meeting of minds can truly flourish, resulting in work that matches or even exceeds the previous work of all involved.
James Yorkston is a bit of a renaissance man. When he's not carefully crafting modern folk tunes on the Scottish coast and writing books, he's teaching himself the piano. Like about 70% of the population of the western world, he threw himself into self-improvement during the early stages of lockdown. However, unlike 95% of that 70%, he stuck at it and improved himself.
James Yorkston seems to thrive on a challenge. The Scottish songwriter never repeats himself, absorbing new skills on a seemingly daily basis. Recent novel The Book Of The Gaels was an outstanding return to long-form fiction, but he's keen not to leave music behind. New album 'The Great White Sea Eagle' is a fulsome, refreshing, absorbing return, a song cycle marked by subtle shifts in his work, and some notable guests lending their voice.