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Chains and Bones


Artist: The David Liberty Band
Label: self published
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 January 2014

Based in Canada, David Liberty has performed his songs across the globe with a trio of expert musicians behind him, all with experience and training ranging from classical to punk grooves, '60s folk and even '80s hair rock. This amalgamation of influences results in the most captivating of baroque rock...

Chains and Bones is David Liberty's sixth album. I couldn't help but be reminded of Morrissey... to a point. When Liberty hits the vocals he nails it, but sadly more often than not his singing is very slightly (or on occasion - very) off key. This is most notable on tracks like 'The Apple' and especially 'Come by Chance' - where it actually sounds like he's singing a different song to the one the musicians are playing.

It's a shame, because on occasion, the end result is the sort of album you'd expect a half-talented friend to release: something to be proud of... but not shared with the entire globe.

There's no disputing that the music and lyrics are well performed and written, it's just that Liberty's voice is an acquired taste.


Nick Smithson

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