This album is the first of two albums by Indie legend David Lance Callahan from The Wolfhounds and Moonshake, only this time he's gone folk and semi acoustic for some very dark and at times political tunes.
The album opens with Born Of The Welfare State an English folk song talking about what the welfare state originally provided that also has a very bucolic re-working in the middle and end of the song of the chorus of Bo Diddley's Pills, this has the most minimal percussion and carefully careworn guitar accentuating the tale of the luck of being born at the right time, and no doubt a hope that future generations might be given a similar chance in life.
Goatman is a tale of one of those recurring characters in mythology the Goatman over a chiming what sounds like a Steel Guitar as we are made to fear for our lives in case the Goatman gets us.
Foxboy could be the sort of guy who is forever quoting Fox news, or just an enthusiastic hunter of foxes that has some very eastern drumming on what sound like Ouds and a fizzing electric guitar giving this tune a rather mantra style feel as the tale of the Foxboy unfolds.
She's The King Of My Life is a tale of submission to the most important person in David's life that I sincerely hope is his wife/girlfriend, this is rather lovely and I'm sure the Queen he's singing about will be most happy to have this song sung to her.
She Passes through The Night has a long drone that the guitar plays off of while sounding like Bert Jansch on a song that could easily be a Mazzy Star outtake, but with astonishing guitar parts a great handclap part and some very doleful violin this is a masterfully brilliant song.
One Rainy September is a song of regrets for leaving the army and coming back to find out everyone has forgotten you, that seems to re-work parts of the music from Eleanor Rigby into a far more beguiling song as the ex-lists the reasons he's been ghosted and he tries to plead and beg with her as he tries to explain what went wrong, the drums don't really come in till over 6 minutes into this song and add a distinctly paranoid edge to the unfolding story.
The album closes with Always wherein David claims to be one of the Reasonable ones in the centre ground, which used to be a good place to be, but in recent years what is claimed as the centre ground seems to be nothing of the sort as this plaintive gentle song asks questions about the Cost of living while claiming they are always right.
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