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The City of Bootmakers


Artist: L.A. Salami
Label: Sunday Best Recordings
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 April 2018

London resident L.A. Salami releases his second album, The City Of Bootmakers, released through Sunday Best Recordings. The album contains the previously released single 'Generation L(ost)' which highlights the album’s pervasive strands of social, political and human polemic. Lyrically the track is “about feeling lost during the journey of finding yourself...”

On a first play through of any album I review I never read the press info or really take in who I'm listening to. This allows me to soak everything up without any preconceptions. The first thing I thought, was that the opening track 'Sunrise (Intro)' actually sounded more like an album closer.

As soon as 'Generation L(ost)' started, I recognised L.A. Salami's distinct voice. His debut album, Dancing with Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut, I enjoyed very much and that is also the case here. His new album, The City of Bootmakers, tackles serious issues like terrorism ('Terrorism! (The Isis Crisis')); the futile extremes that some will engage in in order to stay ahead of everybody else in a bid to be in the in crowd ('Brick Lane'); and the state of our country ('England is Unwell').

The album contains 14 songs (55 min, 56 sec) with L.A. Salami pulling in influences from a number of genres. And, while some of the topics are deadly serious, he never takes himself nor his music too solemnly.

It's another great collection of tunes that you'll be pleased to add to your music library.


Nick Smithson

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