Neil Spencer 

James Yorkston: I Was a Cat from a Book – review

The Scottish singer-songwriter mines deep emotions in this affecting collection, writes Neil Spencer
  
  

The Fife folkie has always framed his gentle burr and poetic lyrics with care, as perfected on 2008's semi-orchestral When the Haar Rolls In. Recorded with a new band, this is a looser affair, shifting slightly awkwardly between characteristic intimacy and angry eruptions delivered to a flurry of instrumentation. Moments of delight snatched against looming mortality are the common thread. The tremulous The Fire & the Flames recalls time with his daughter during illness and the romantic Catch steals up atmospherically to strings and piano, while the duet Just As Scared is a jaunty interlude. Not flawless but always affecting.

 

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