Jim Moray switches direction yet again. Last year he joined Sam Carter for an inspired folk-rock thrash with False Lights. Now, with his first solo album in four years, he concentrates on narrative folk ballads that are transformed by bold string and brass arrangements, with Moray adding everything from guitars to vibraphone. It works remarkable well, for the most part, with his distinctive, no-nonsense vocals matched against urgent backing that at times echoes the repetition of systems music.
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