Alabama

by Roy Irwin

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    By Simon Sweetman
    Delivered in a charmingly lo-fi sleeve, brown paper with a photograph sellotaped to the front and another – completely unrelated – photo inside, Roy Irwin’s ‘Alabama’ is a nice surprise of an album. I knew nothing about it before playing it; often that’s nice and increasingly it’s rare. A standout song is Mickey Mouse Watch with a jangle that is part alt-country and part indie pop; shoe-gazer Kiwi-drawled Americana. This is sustained across The River and Trampolines; simply strums allowing the vocals space. There’s a touch of Neil Young to the progression behind Trampolines; but then when Irwin sings it’s more Evan Dando in both the sound of the voice and the subject matter of the lyrics. The jangle-pop comes to the fore again for Tiny Cities, it’s early-daze Beck covering later-day Garageland. And then the title track closes of this trim 30-minute album. It’s slight but it feels right.

     

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released September 1, 2009

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