In short, not music that I would listen to at home, but was totally mesmerised by in a live, solo setting.
Comes A Wild Rose. The album surprises me in as far that the musical reference is (slightly) more modern, touching on decades I was around albeit as an adolescent or younger. Gregory Page captures that mood and sound in a fantastic and above all totally relaxed way. Digging into the album I find references to 70s singer-songwriters with touches towards pop and nudges to country. An album full of songs flowing so effortlessly, showing the craft of Page as a songwriter.
In that there's a contrast with the beginning. A cheerful banjo and Irish folk influences open the album. 'I'm Alive', Gregory Page sings. His voice simply has a serious tone even when he sings this song. There's a give away in the lyrics though, "make me feel like I'm alive", is a nuance from feeling alive oneself. That aside. 'I'm Alive' is such a joyous song. It captured me immediately when playing it for the first time. It opened A Wild Rose for me and quelled my preconceptions where Gregory Page's music was concerned.
From there a quietly meandering album presented it to me that pleased me. Yes, it is extremely soft and kindly, but that is no hindrance for liking the album. In fact A Wild Rose is a fine album for all those times that noise, attack and wildness are not or less welcome. Those moments to relax with music in kind. With music in familiar styles and each song a pleasant addition to what is already well known. Just, so well done and beautifully made.
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