Review By Russel Trunk
Posted March 23, 2016
For those not in the know, although that should be a small circle of people, Bobby Long is a British singer-songwriter, whose largely acoustic body of work has its roots in folk. Born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, he moved at the age of four to Calne, Wiltshire, where he grew up, though he still holds deep roots in Wigan.
Having released a couple of albums and an EP since his debut in 2009 with the self-released Dirty Pond Songs, his third full-length album is out now on Compass Records. Featuring six tracks from his August 2015 release, ODE TO THINKING, along with three previously-unreleased tracks from the ODE TO THINKING recording sessions, this highly prolific songwriter - who has been compared to his own heroes such as Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan - now brings us the best of his musical bunch.
The first track introduces us to the album perfectly - unless you start it on 45rpm, like I did, and then all Hell breaks musically loose! The title track, 'Ode To Thinking' is just that, as once-fond memories, wrong avenues explored all come forth in full on storytelling mode. 'I'm Not Going Out Tonight' is a fun, vibrant track that fairly bounces off the record playing vinyl, before the stunningly poignant ballad, 'Treat Me Like A Stranger' ("Second time around treat me like a stranger, and then you won't recognize me"). Side A of this brilliant new vinyl LP is then rounded out by both the heartfelt 'Something Blue, Something Borrowed' and the stoic, hauntingly melodic 'The Dark Won't Get Darker' come along.
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