Slaid’s new album dropped through my letterbox yesterday direct from Cleaves’ headquarters, got my first full listen this morning and it’s a cracker, £ 17 plus postage at Amazon UK so don’t bother, go straight to the source (Slaid.com) and it will only cost you around £ 13 including the postage. Released on co-op label Music Road Records, the CD is in a digipak three-part format with a great forward from Stephen King.
“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats. –Stephen King, 2009” (edit)
Part produced by the great Gurf Morlix with songwriting credits shared on some tracks with Rod Pidcot, Adam Carroll and Eric Blakely, on first review it’s up there with “Wishbones”, some great writing, melodies and sympathetic production to bring it together, get yourself a copy now it really is a good ‘un, to quote Mr King again “not a single bad track or wrong footed step“.
The lead of track “Cry” is classic Slaid Cleaves, you can listen on the Reverbnation below or get the mp3 from Songs Illinois
Slaid is touring in support of the album throughout the year and is due in the UK in October, fingers crossed I’ll be able to get to one of his shows.