While Fife singer-songwriter James Yorkston's first few albums on Domino, beginning with 2002's Moving Up Country, speak of the various complications that come with falling in and out of love, of friendship and the struggles of youth, his last few records have dealt with unforgiving illnesses that threaten and take life, and of the darkness of the soul that death leaves behind. "For I am as brittle as the next man," he sings on Brittle, acknowledging the human frailty that comes about as a result of experiences in later life. The Route To The Harmonium suggests a wiser, more mature Yorkston is emerging.
The Scottish songsmith's first solo album in five years is well worth the wait.
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