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Tumbler - You Said

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Tumbler is a family act of sorts. It's led by Richard Grace, while it also features his son Harry. Stylistically, this is folk music of quite the British variety. Whenever Richard sings, his accent comes through in the same way, say, Ray Davies' does with The Kinks and Morrissey - both with and without The Smiths.

Songs like "Sleepy Bananas Are Cool" and "Dennis and Jean" are relatively gentle. However, the players rock a bit during "Don't Think Twice (She Says)." One suspects this is the younger Grace singing on it. Even so, though, the track mixes both acoustic and electric guitars. Therefore, it's not full on Black Sabbath, or anything like that. "Break or Fall" begins like it's also going to rock out, but then gentles down significantly. For "Call Me Sentimental," though, Richard sings like an old school music hall vocalist. The presence of a female vocalist on the latter gives it an extra dosage of sweetness.

For anyone that is a bit of an anglophile and particularly likes music with a distinctly British accent, You Said is absolutely just right. Even though Richard points to inspirations like Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, you won't hear any of the vitriol oftentimes associated with these three icons here. Just fine songwriting, with a soft sonic touch.

Tumbler - You Said
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