Submitted by SteveT on 20 August 2012 - 7:15pm
What's it called?:
Life is people.
What does it sound like?:
I cant believe what I have just heard. I read the reviews of this album that raved about it and thought I would give it ago fully expecting it not to live up to the hype. I was so wrong. From start to finish this album is beautiful, uplifting, sad beyond words, elegiac, life affirming. Put in any adjective and it doesnt do it justice. 41 years since his last album if he has laboured on this for that long the time wasn't in vain. Symphonic pieces give way to just his wonderful voice and piano and the final song The coast no man can tell really is heartbreaking and I mean heartbreaking. I cant remember when I last heard an album this good. It should sell by the truckload but it wont - I can imagine many of the songs on this album helping a lot of people through troubled times. How good to be remembered like that.
What does it all *mean*?:
I am not religious but Bill Fay obviously has a deep faith that is both convincing and heartwarming.
Goes well with …:
life. This is a chronicle of a life - all of our lives in fact. This music needs to be heard. anyone who has lost family or lost in love even will be uplifted and that is a promise.
Might suit people who like …:
music. Nearest comparison if comparisons have to be made would be Blue Nile or Mickey Newbury. However it is deeply original and deeply impressive. Album of the year by some distance.