True Mean­ings

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Pass­ing 60, it seems the Mod­fa­ther has en­tered a third solo age here, bring­ing new acous­tic sub­tlety and im­proved clar­ity of pro­duc­tion over most of his re­cent ex­per­i­men­tal cat­a­logue, with be­witch­ing re­sults. The songs are de­li­cious, still a bit Beat­ley in their changes, pre­dom­i­nantly wist­fully ma­jor con­struc­tions, though softly so as this is a night-time al­bum, as pre­saged by the open­ing lyric ‘Here’s one for the search­ing soul in the moon­light’. But the softer sound is lack­ing nei­ther com­plex­ity nor emo­tion, rather his love of sonic aug­men­ta­tion is more fo­cused, spar­ingly ap­plied in shim­mer­ing strings, lay­ered gui­tars and care­fully-placed guests (Danny Thomp­son, Rod Ar­gent, Noel Gal­lagher) in such a well-crafted whole that it’s as­tound­ing he knocked off most of it in three weeks of home stu­dio record­ing. Sur­pris­ing, en­thralling—a mas­ter at work.

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