Heaven And Earth

Final studio recordings from late force of nature.

John Martyn was awarded an OBE in 2008, but died before he could collect it. The London/Glasgow voice probably wouldn’t have gone anyway; he’d spent the previous 41 years not fitting in, mercurially blending folk, jazz, blues and rock on still startling albums such as 1973’s Solid Air. Unsurprisingly, this posthumous album doesn’t reach such heights, and comes with a little too much overlong, incoherent blues whimsy. But on the shimmering, beauteous title track and the anthemic Bad Company, his uniquely transporting, Tim Buckleyesque voice convinces as much as it ever did.

Ian Harrison
Q Magazine
1 July 2011