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Phantom Limb : The Pines


Here’s an oddity: a country-soul record, fronted by the belting voice of Yolanda Quartey, dripping with lyrical references to hard-scrabble lives in the backwoods, that comes not from the Deep South but the far west – and that’s not California, but Bristol.

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The brief flowering of the UK movement a few years back proved there was nothing hokey about British bands adopting American forms, but the best of those bands were adapting as well as adopting, whereas Phantom Limb don’t sound as if they have brought much of Bristol to the stew. In fact, the most British ingredient is the strong flavour of Rod Stewart’s Mercury albums – organ and acoustic guitar are dominant flavours; occasionally the bass carries a little melodic flourish – but there’s nothing to rival Mandolin Wind. It’s always pleasant – in fact, the title track starts off as if they’re trying to throw a little Rumer into the mix as well – but never quite manages to step beyond that, even as they bemoan the fate of “old Missy, living her life in vain”.


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The Pines
Tumbling Down
Give Me A Reason
I’ll Have Mercy
It’s The Only Way
Laugh Like You’re Mad
Gravy Train
Badge of Descension
Hollow Eyes
Harder Than Stone
High And Dry


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm