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Alastair Moock -  Let It Go

Let It Go

Alastair Moock

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Guntram Gudowius

Fasten your seatbelts, here comes Alastair Moock with his songs of a musical driving force reminiscent of the best of the Pogues, CCR or Steppenwolf music. Just like theirs, next to his unique, rough and strong voice, the melodies of his songs are carried by several guitars and feel like good friends on first hearing.

He opens his latest album with My Famous Leaving Song, the fastest and loudest of the collection that immediately demands your attention. With the drums in the rhythm of a fast moving train and a howling harmonica, you might as well stand on a platform in your living room and that train doesn't stop. Of course, that's the theme of the song, running away from love by whatever means available.

Standing At Five Corners begs the loved one to find himself and come back to him. It's a bit more plaintive and thoughtful with nice harmony singing by Kris Delmhorst.

Everybodys Wondering is a fun song in the mood of a cowboy swing, throwing out ideas about different scenarios when we die, for instance, whether we'll get to keep the clothes we're wearing that day.

Unwanted Guest challenges your imagination about whether that's a person or something like a memory that needs to be forgotten.

Red Ribbon Waltz tells the story of a country dance. It's a simple but beautiful melody expressed mostly by dobro and electric guitar that seem to dance around each other with their melody lines.

Death Don't Have No Mercy written by Rev. Gary Davis shows Moock's talent for covering the songs of others and making them his own. This is a great rendition in a "dirty blues" way, screetching guitars and gravel voice.

Love Me True, another fast paced song, states that "the bed is cold when you're not around...." and he has just the solution. Lovely Day is quite the contrary, a slow almost totally acoustic song about the joys of a couple growing old with their love and enjoying the sunrise together.

Let It Go muses about all the extra baggage we haul around from past experiences that we can't do anything about anymore, so we should just"let it go". In this song he picks up the pace once more, briefly, before When The Moon Comes Out Tonight, another outstanding ballad. Being optimistic and looking at the world in a different light, it's a nice ending to a great album that needs the repeat button pushed frequently.

The Musicians:

Kevin Barry - electric & lapsteel guitars, mandola
Michael Dinallo - electric & acoustic guitars
Paul Kochanski - electric & acoustic basses
Alastair Moock - vocals & acoustic guitars
Andy Plaisted - drums & percussion
Kris Delmhorst - backing vocals
Mark Erelli - harmonica & backing vocals
Anton Hatwich
- acoustic bass
Tim Kelly - dobro
Steve Sadler - lap steel guitar & mandolin
Tim Taylor - harmonica
Produced by Michael Dinallo

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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