Saturday, 16 September 2017

Heath Common & the Lincoln 72s - Review by Peter Jachimiak in Vive le Rock 47

These boots were made for walking.....

Born in Normanton, West Yorkshire, Heath Common has led a nomadic life. Drifting from Halifax to West London (and with this CD's A & B sides reflecting this north-south divide), it is no surprise that this new album documents tales about, and individuals encountered during, that wandering existence.
Hence, on this record, we meet 'Jack Brown', 'The Busking Bodhisattva' and others.
Moreover, the roaming nature of this life/work is reflected in both the songs' spirited musical arrangements and playful lyrics.
Heath Common has been touted as a present day version of Kevin Ayers, Syd Barrett, et al., but his press photographs portray him - amid rather bleak post-industrial landscapes - as a suited'n'booted , flat-topped bruiser, man-handling a decorated acoustic guitar. A sort of semi-psychedelic Billy Bragg. So here's to the next great leap forward for Heath Common.

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