ALEXANDER WOLFE – Skeletons (Dharma Records DHARMACD15)
I used to play at the New Cross Inn, London years ago and was somewhat intimidated by the dowdy interior of the venue…just thought you’d like to know that.
But if New Cross itself can bear witness to housing singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe then we all have a lot to be thankful for.
This is a young man who appears at ease revealing his sensibilities to a wider public via the medium of ‘acoustic’ music and by utilising ‘bedsitter’ type imagery in much the same way that say Al Stewart and Dave Cousins captured the spirit of the late 60’s many of the songs will prove eloquent and heart-rending.
Putting his multi-instrumental skills and production values to good use Wolfe could seriously give the likes of Tony Visconti and Steve Lillywhite with their luscious string and brass arrangements a run for their money in much the same way he did on his previous recording “Morning Brings A Flood”.
Although I have always enjoyed the ‘art’ of singer-songwriters (mainly due to musical production of the songs) I must admit that I paid scant attention to the lyrics (shame on me) but I have thoroughly engaged with Alexander’s songs and if you feel like exploring the avenues and alleyways with him this album will enrich the lives of all of those it comes into contact with.
Perhaps not as consumer friendly as his old band mate Jamie Cullum this album will touch those who possess a soul and who are prepared to have meat with their veg. Highly recommended!