If you like guitar music then wrap your ears round this one as Tom Clements serves up a feast of fine works
Following his very much liked Live at The David Hall CD TC has been in the studio and produced a belter of a disc.
The compilation of some old and some new stuff, Tom has dragged in a fine selection of musos to add to his own already legendary skills.
Roots, Morals and Other Life Choices takes us on a journey through Tom's life, the ups, the downs and the bits in between.
Heartfelt lyrics combine with top quality musicianship to produce a very pleasing set of tracks.
The upbeat 'Roots' bounces us into a collection that sounds like it was made by someone enjoying his job.
Possibly not so with 'How it was' Living the office dream clearly didn't agree with TC but none the less the song may have a somewhat depressing note, it still seems that the joy of playing an instrument for a living these days has tempered the boredom. The sign off is lovely.
The fields around Shaftesbury must have a special something in them because two of the finest musicians around appear on the album. Scott McKeon make an appearance at various stages, none more striking than the slide on 'My Addiction'.You can choose to listen to the lyrics, respectful of the fight against addiction of a family member, or simply wallow in the sumptuous playing.
And if you like that then fill your boots in ' The Jig of 20...', where slide and lead are played by none other than that Robbie McIntosh. Wonderfully I might say.
Tom's Dire Straits influences are easy to pick out with 'The Ticking Clock' and pleasantly so, where indeed does it all go? If you were one of the millions that bought Brothers in Arms then you'll find a home here.
'Road' finishes the selection off, starting with an almost sitar sounding intro and indeed you can hear a sort of late Beatles influence but mixed with Bryan Adams. But we won't hold that against him.
Roots, Morals and other life choices is an album you need to listen to a couple of times. It's a real grower. Once you do you'll be hooked.
Overall this is an excellent album building on the already polished live stage work of Tom Clements, featuring virtouso playing, sound lyrical quality and excellent production values.
Dammit he's even got a superb bluesman doing his artwork!