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Carry the Meek Route 109 Record­ings

De­spite hav­ing a name that has been de­rided from the get-go, Ham Sand­wich have re­fused to let such a tri­fle up­set their rolling ap­ple­cart. In­deed, as if spurred on by the sneers, the Kells band seem to have con­structed a suit of ar­mour for them­selves. What’s in a name? Not much, they say. Over the past year they’ve suf­fered from faffing around too much with­out an album to an­chor them. Carry the Meek, then, is ei­ther their sav­ing grace or their death knell. As you can see from the three-star rat­ing above, it sure ain’t the funeral blues we’re trum­pet­ing here, as this record is yet an­other rea­son to ar­gue that pro­vin­cial bands of­ten have the edge over their city coun­ter­parts. Eclec­tic with­out be­ing all over the place, ju­di­ciously se­lect­ing choice har­monies over dis­so­nance, and boast­ing ar­range­ments that favour sub­tlety over swag­ger, Ham Sand­wich de­liver, with an ap­par­ent min­i­mum of fuss, a mini tri­umph. Down­load tracks: St Christo­pher, Bro­ken Glass

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