Sparkling gui­tar ace ready to en­ter­tain

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WHEN he first emerged in 2007, New­ton Faulkner was the fleet-fin­gered prince of sparkling gui­tar pop.

A grad­u­ate of the Guild­ford Academy of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic, the Sur­rey song­writer had a mil­lion-sell­ing Num­ber One hit with his de­but al­bum, Hand-Built By Ro­bots.

The sin­gles Dream Catch Me and I Need Some­thing still sound­track fes­ti­vals all over the world, along with his in­no­va­tive cover of Mas­sive At­tack’s Teardrop.

This is a man who knows how to en­ter­tain and to en­thrall.

The last two years since re­leas­ing his most re­cent al­bum, Hu­man Love, have seen New­ton join the cast of the award-win­ning mu­si­cal Amer­i­can Id­iot, based on the mu­sic of punk rock group Green Day.

Hit The Ground Run­ning marks the Bri­tish singer­song­writer’s sixth stu­dio al­bum, com­ing just over 10 years since re­leas­ing his dou­ble plat­inum de­but al­bum, Hand Built By Ro­bots. Fea­tur­ing the ex­u­ber­ance of al­bum opener Smoked Ice Cream and This Kind Of Love to the mel­low tones of All She Needs and Fin­ger Tips, Hit The Ground Run­ning is a bona fide pack­age of mu­si­cal va­ri­ety, some­thing that has al­most be­come ex­pected from Faulkner.

Been Here Be­fore serves up another fine ex­am­ple of his per­cus­sive acous­tic pop, while Never Alone proves that his ear for mam­moth melodies has strength­ened yet again.

Of the al­bum, New­ton says: “I started work­ing this al­bum with two main prin­ci­ples in mind.

“One, I wanted it to be at its best per­formed solo live, and, two, I wanted to push my voice fur­ther than be­fore.

“With the song­writ­ing, I just wanted to do what I do nat­u­rally and not try and be clever and try and pre­dict or fol­low any trends.”

New­ton Faulkner come to Liver­pool on Novem­ber 8, per­form­ing at the O2 Academy, Hotham Street.

New­ton Faulkner is com­ing to the O2 Academy, Hotham Street, Liver­pool, on Novem­ber 8

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