JAMES ELK­ING­TON

Win­tres Woma

UNCUT - - New Albums - WYN­D­HAM WAL­LACE

PAR­ADISE OF BACH­E­LORS 8/10 Chicago-based go-to gui­tarist steps out of the shad­ows If a man is judged by the com­pany he keeps, then James Elk­ing­ton has lit­tle to worry about. In re­cent years, he’s worked with Richard Thomp­son, Jeff Tweedy, Michael Chap­man and Steve Gunn, and his solo de­but il­lus­trates why. The ex-pat Brit dis­plays an af­fect­ing, fluid pick­ing style that at times sounds com­fort­ingly English – the rapid pace of “Make It Up” re­calls Nick Drake’s “Hazey Jane I” – but adds Amer­i­can flavours like do­bro on “Grief Is Not Com­ing” and banjo on “The Her­mit Cen­sus”. His mel­low bari­tone, fur­ther­more, un­der­lines the warm sen­ti­ments of “Sis­ter Of Mine” and the lazily paced “Any Af­ter­noon”.

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