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Still Testifying CoNTiNeNTAl SoNG CiTy 8/10 Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish have steadily moved away from the countrypolitan rigour of their 2011 debut, the couple now operating in a more nebulous place where gospel, country and Southern soul happily collide. It suits them, too, particularly the playful “There’s nothing You Can Tell Me” and the brassy warmth of “The embers And The Flames”, which feels like a lost Bacharach-David chugger. Fidelity, deception and regret continue to act as loose thematic threads, most acutely heard on terrific ballad “Yours Is The Cross That I Still Bear” and the allusive Dolly Parton tale, “Jolene’s Story”.
Magickal: Daniel o’Sullivan