Rock n Reel Review15/07/2018
Here’s a nice new review from ROCK N REEL MAGAZINE of Return of the Native, nicely put together by Boff Whalley, July 2018.
IRISH TIMES REVIEW17/06/2018
Thrilled to get a highly commendable 4/5 star review in The Irish Times from the esteemed pen of Tony Clayton Lea. The album is available to buy/stream from Bandcamp or from this site
Return of the Native
Shadrack & Duxbury
Let’s hear it for the man who has the wisdom to name his record label after the fictional undertakers firm in Keith Waterhouse’s 1959 novel, Billy Liar. And join the dots, if you like, between that novel’s influence on Britpop culture and the northern English incisiveness of Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes).
With his 14th solo album, Peculiar once again chooses a concept format to outline recent events in his life. The album title refers to a return to Worcestershire after almost 25 years living in Manchester, and the songs explain why: it was a woman that done him in.
He is a songwriter highly attuned to an almost seamless blend of reflection and humour.
Tracks such as Golden City, A Girl from Bromsgrove Town and On Rainbow Hill are stone-cold pop/folk/rock gorgeous, with a lyric from the latter a heartbreaker of regret and self-realisation: “I walk by the river, I talk to the fishes, make any number of indecent wishes, but none of them will come true, because I finished with me when I finished with you.” Superb.