Saturday, 7 May 2011

Review: Another Good Reason (Groucutt & Haynes)

#215: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Groucutt & Haynes on not a few occasions now. The last time was last month at The Robin 2 in Bilston when they were sandwiched on the bill between the fab Fay & Latta and the marvellous headlining Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project Project. Groucutt & Haynes produced a great performance of some half a dozen songs on that Sunday night which showcased their current album "Another Good Reason" and also gave the audience an insight into their forthcoming second release.

I must admit that this article is somewhat overdue because I promised Rob and Dan a while back that I would get a hold of their CD for an ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article. So here it is folks! "Another Good Reason" is a collection of songs by Rob Groucutt and Dan Haynes that consists of twelve sweet "folksy bluesy" trax which are: "Stung" ~ "Happy" ~ "You Come Alive" ~ "High On The Time" ~ "Rain" ~ "Living For Now" ~ "You Alone" ~ "Drowning In Luck" ~ "Lullaby" ~ "Home Time Tide" ~ "23 Tomorrow" ~ "Knock On My Door"

The whole album is reminiscent (to this writer) of Simon and Garfunkel with a hint of James Taylor. If this album had been released on vinyl, side one (trax 1-6) would be the ultimate chill-out LP side! All the compositions on here display a maturity and individuality that should appeal to the record buying public. But if I had to select an absolute favourite, that would be the recent single "Rain". There are some nice saxophone and flute pieces (as well as backing vox) by Carrie Pickering to be found inside this album too. And those of us who remember the song writing, the vocal talent and the superb guitar work of Rob's much-missed father Kelly Groucutt will doubtless appreciate his legacy that lives on through this talented duo. Indeed, I like these nice words that are to be found within the CD sleeve notes: "This album is dedicated in memory of Kelly Groucutt - West Bishes x". That just about says it all for me! You can buy "Another Good Reason" at the time of writing via their official website at:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Another Good Reason" by Groucutt & Haynes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-May-2011

1 comment:

  1. Sounds a great buy and well worth a spin!! cheers for the thumbs up!