Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

Album Review: Stephen Fearing – Every Soul’s A Sailor

This Vancouver-born, Dublin-raised singer songwriter has been recording acclaimed albums for the best part of 30 years, solo and with Juno Award-winning Americana outfit Blackie And The Rodeo Kings.

He brings every day of that hard-won experience to a new peak here.

Mellow, complex and beautifully controlled, Every Soul’s A Sailor evokes some of the real masters of song – Boz Scaggs, John Hiatt, John Martyn and Nick Lowe among them.

The mood on the record is mostly reflective – the floating Red Lights In The Rain is a song about rootlessness that gives the same shiver as Tom Rush’s No Regrets, with Rose Cousins’ harmonies adding warmth and charm both here and on the plangent Gone But Not Forgotten.

There’s a welcome rockabilly energy to Love Like Water, complete with some snatchy acoustic guitar parts (the guitar tones are extraordinary, throughout the album).

The most raucous track, single Blowhard Nation, is charged by Fearing’s anger at the lost-truth world of Trump, Brexit et cetera, with a typical lyric being: “The whole thing wobbles and the wheels come off… The fatcats are gaining ground”.

From opener Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is to the heart-melting, folk-infused title track, Fearing really doesn’t put a foot wrong throughout. Every Soul’s A Sailor is a triumphant celebration of his craft.



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