Seth Lakeman has been making his mark since he was first nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for the album Kitty Jay. Lakeman has returned with this new set of songs that were written during his enforced eighteen months off the road. Including the first single from the album, Higher We Aspire, the album features fourteen powerful, brand new songs.
Recorded at Middle Farm Studios in Devon the album was produced by himself with the package being released on his own record label. Inspiration for the songs appears to come from a range of subjects – from the environment to love, death and self belief.
The new age folk singer has delivered a strong set of songs here with many destined to become part of his live set for years to come. For anyone who likes North East band Lindisfarne this album could be one for your record collection.
There are quite a few references to other folk singers too on the album – Bound To Someone reminded me of a Christy Moore track though Lakeman can rock with the best of them as heard on Side by Side which has a melody that reminded me of the John Farnham song You’re The Voice.
Alex Hart provides fine backing vocals on Love Will Still Remain and Shoals To Turn, giving both tracks an extra edge with her sublime vocals. I would have liked to hear more of her on the album.
As the album concludes, Change sends out a positive message about the inevitable change that life brings, I can see this being a fine way to end his live concerts too.
For fans of Lakeman this will be a welcome return, to those who have yet to discover him, this is a fine introduction.