'Rain' was played on Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6 Music on 2nd and 15th May.
Sometimes a CD comes along that takes you by surprise and within seconds you get a lovely warm toasty feeling listening to the music.
Now usually I get this feeling when I turn to a song or an album that I've known for ages,the ever faithful stand by from a classic artist that you turn to in moments of need(mine is usually Nick Drake),pressing play on the CD player or on the pc and instantly you are transported to a good feeling,a mood changer be it raising you up or down from where you are at that point in time.
I was so pleasantly surprised to get that feeling with this CD-from the get go it took me into a real good mood.
The songs have a wonderful range of styles that are interlinked by the special voice of Frank Joshua.
'Rain' is a special heart shaped song that burns like a toasty warm fire,'Bluebell Wood' offers smart electronic noodlings to a real builder of a song.
'Kiss' is a gentle folk song in a a singer/songwriter mode which reminds me of Richard Hawley.
'Cry blue' is a pop song the likes of which haven't been as well delivered since Prefab Sprout were in their pomp.
'Mad about you' is a shimmering pop song with the lovely glow I am starting to expect from Frank Joshua.
The final track 'Kiss' see's Frank in a duet with an unknown(to me) female singer and this version adds a nice alternative take on the previous version.
All in all,this is a wonderfully warm and brilliantly delivered CD.
If you like artists like Prefab Sprout and Richard Hawley and the lesser know but not lesser talented Cleemann and Dan Whitehouse; you will love this.
It really took me by surprise and I really like surprises like this one.
Johnno - Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004M1DI84/
Nick Drake, Prefab Sprout, Richard Hawley, Sting, Chris Isaak, Damien Rice.