CHAR­LIE WIN­STON Run­ning Still Real World

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

The world may be net­worked be­yond be­lief, but it’s still pos­si­ble for some peo­ple to plant their flag in un­likely ter­ri­to­ries and pros­per. English tune­smith Char­lie Win­ston has taken France by storm in re­cent years, which is no doubt a great con­so­la­tion af­ter the stony re­cep­tion he re­ceived back home. His last al­bum (2009’s Hobo) did the trick, and Run­ning Still, a crafted, con­fi­dent blend of Bri­tish power pop laced with folk and soul flour­ishes, has been build­ing on his French break­through since its re­lease there a year ago. Win­ston, a brother of singers Tom Bax­ter and Vashti Anna could re­peat his success in Blighty if mea­sured songs such as She Went Qui­etly and Lift Me Gen­tly, com­bined with the quirky Hello Alone and the blaz­ing Rockin’ in the Sub­urbs, could find their way into English hearts. The English have loved a lot worse in the past. char­liewin­ston.com Down­load: She Went Qui­etly, Lift Me Gen­tly

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