BOBBY OS­BORNE

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Orig­i­nal ★★★★ Com­pass Records Any­one fa­mil­iar with the mu­sic of the Os­borne Broth­ers from the 1960s and 1970s might recog­nise the bridge-build­ing spirit that teth­ered the strains of blue­grass to the punkier sen­si­bil­i­ties of new­grass. Now, at the ten­der age of 85, Bobby Os­borne is back, with con­sid­er­able style and panache. This col­lec­tion is an­chored by Os­borne’s no-non­sense, high lone­some vo­cals, a truck load of guests (from Vince Gill to Jim Laud­erdale and Dar­rell Scott) and the steady hand of Alison Brown on banjo and pro­duc­tion. The mood is one of slightly de­tatched but ut­terly com­pelling won­der at the vi­cis­si­tudes of liv­ing (love lost, lorn and un­re­quited), and the pal­ette is tech­ni­colour. Os­borne does Elvis’s Don’t Be Cruel with non­cha­lant ease, and The Bee Gees’ I’ve Gotta Get a Mes­sage to

You with throw­away de­light. A thor­ough­bred, through and through. com­pass­records.com SIOBHÁN LONG

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