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Wake­lines XTRA MILE 7/10 Colin McIntyre teams up with pro­ducer Bernard But­ler

Over seven al­bums, Colin McIntyre has strayed far from his wind-bat­tered He­bridean roots to be­come a glob­al­ly­minded mu­si­cian and award-win­ning novelist. How­ever, Wake­lines sees him (lyri­cally) re­gress­ing back to his child­hood in Mull, but do­ing so in the com­pany of pro­ducer Bernard But­ler. But­ler per­forms the same job that Trevor Horn did with Belle & Se­bas­tian – adding a widescreen pop am­bi­tion to McIntyre’s flinty per­sonal tales. “14-Year-Old Child” is a lovely com­ing-of-age bal­lad; “Lit­tle Bird” is a Celtic soul waltz ar­ranged for harp and strings; while “New Day Dawn­ing” is a lovelorn reverie that switches from Scot­tish beach to the Lon­don Un­der­ground.

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