JOHN MARTYN: And.
But it does the same job in taking the , listener to new and far-from-normal musical places.
That’s true to a lesser extent of John Martyn, and not something you’d expect from a eran singer-songwriter of 24 albums whom you might forgive for drawing his creative pensionby now. Instead he has moved record company to join to Go! Discs — home of Portishead. Gabrielle and Paul Weller — and produced an album that lives up to that label’s trendsetting Nineties image.
If Martyn’s work has passed you by until now — I’m guilty too — imagine a deeper Dylan, steeped in the blues, perhaps a hint of Peter Gabriel, and the vibe of a Moondancing Van Morrison. That voice moves here with ease from a low growl to high sweet and soulful, set against seamless, fluid music and subtly underpinned by con-temporary hip-hop style beats. Martyn manages to stay just the right, or rather left, side of middle of the road to provide this week’s third cool summer soundtrack.
27 July 1996