EWAN M MCLEN­NAN LENNAN & GE­ORGE MON­BIOT

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BREAK­ING THE SPELL OF LONE­LI­NESS FELLSIDE, OUT NOW Campaigning journo and Scot­tish folkie join forces, make record.

The mar­riage be­tween jour­nal­ist Mon­biot and folk singer McLen­nan is sur­pris­ingly con­ve­nient, the lat­ter de­liv­er­ing the for­mer’s ru­mi­na­tions on lone­li­ness, along with a ver­sion of We Shall Over­come and his own fam­ily saga, My Time And Yours. Aside from the overly sen­ti­men­tal Re­claim The Street, Mon­biot shelves his crankier no­tions – he’s at his best on The Night Desk’s tale of a small-hours police sta­tion, which suc­ceeds by being un­usu­ally non-judge­men­tal. Through­out, McLen­nan’s warmth leav­ens the spar­tan back­drops and gloomy ar­range­ments. A brave idea with mo­ments of real up­lift. JOHN AIZLEWOOD

Lis­ten To: The Night Desk | I’m Com­ing Home

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