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Morning's Coming Album Review by Mike Davies of Folking.com

Posted on Mar 11, 2021 by David Windsor

Morning's Coming Album Review by Mike Davies of Folking.com

"Their previous album deservedly won acclaim and awards far and wide. Listening to Morning's Coming, it’s clear they were only just warming up."


Thank you Mike for a wonderful review ...

Mike Davies of Folking.com

March 2021
 
Excerpts ...
Begun in 2019 and completed in lockdown, and produced by Merry Hell’s John Kettle, Morning’s Coming, the second album by the North West quartet stakes an immediate claim to 2021’s ultimate best of list, with Cherlene Walmsley effortlessly securing her place among the great and most emotionally expressive British folk rock voices.
 

The title track opens proceedings, a waterfall of cascading chords telling an aching tale of lovers separated by distance as, complemented by  David Windsor’s restrained violin and accompanied by simple acoustic guitar, she sings “every time I call you nobody picks up the call”, not knowing why she can’t make contact. It goes without saying that, while it may not have been inspired by the lockdowns, it clearly resonates.

Up next is the deeply romantic and metaphysical ‘Another Life’, an undisputed contender for song of the year, as, again accompanied by yearning violin and acoustic guitar, where Walmsley sings of a love that reincarnates over the ages as reborn souls seek out their eternal partner. It  is, quite simply, magnificent.

Again concerned with timelessness, featuring Micah Hampson on warm trumpet evoking the glow of Northern brass, Cunliffe takes the lead for the slow waltzing ‘Le Verre À Pied’, a portrait of a traditional Paris café in the Latin quarter where all human life can be found and where the sepia photographs on the walls and newspapers stacked high at tables bear testament to the passing years.

Weathering hard times is to the fore again on the circling fingerpicked guitar-and violin-caressed traditional sounding melody of ‘In Your Company’ sung in the voice of a man feeling lost in a world without empathy and an increasing divide between the haves and have-nots, finding comfort and strength with someone to take their hand and guide them, whether you want to think of that as friend, lover or God.

Their previous album deservedly won acclaim and awards far and wide. Listening to Morning’s Coming, it’s clear they were only just warming up.

Mike Davies


To read the full review please head over to Folking.com