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Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Talk About The Weather (2014)

13-08-2014, 16:07
Music | Jazz | Blues | Folk

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Talk About The Weather (2014)

Artist: Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Title Of Album: Talk About The Weather
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Tea Pad Recordings
Genre: Swing, Folk, Roots, Blues, Singer-Songwriter
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 47:18 Min
Total Size: 115 Mb


1. Drinking Coffee Rag
2. Soleil
3. Junk On The Radio
4. Crazy Country Fool
5. Hey Mr Landlord!
6. Small Town Blues
7. Killed By Love
8. High Speed Train
9. I'm Feelin' Blue
10. Penny Drop Mambo
11. Don't Kick That Oven Door

There’s always something to be grumbly, opposed to and misanthropic about. While this may seem bleak for humanity in general, it’s great news for blues’ musicians who wish to sing about more than love and drunkenness. Long queues at the supermarket? There’s a tune right there. The council has rerouted your favourite bus a 15 minute walk away from your house? Get out the guitar. The possibilities are endless, unfortunately.

Distilling the essence of disgruntlement into song, however, is a special kind of talent, particularly if a songwriter is to avoid hitting the same downbeat note. It requires spinning a sense of joy and satisfaction from subject matter that is often resolutely unromantic, such as the weather, rogue landlords and the HS2 rail network.

Step forward Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. A combination of offbeat, quirky lyrics and wonderfully tight and inventive musicianship raises their new album Talk About The Weather firmly out of the humdrum. Heron’s smokey, expressive vocals and keen sense of dynamics inject a sense of continuity into a varied repertoire of upbeat ragtime and swing numbers, country songs and a mambo. There is a real sense of fun and occasion that runs throughout the album.

Drinking Coffee Rag tells the sorry tale of one man’s descent into coffee addiction, while Junk On The Radio bemoans the vacuousness of modern media. Hey Mr Landlord and High-Speed Train tackle some of the more pressing political and social issues of our time. Penny Drop Mambo evidences the group’s flair for a broad variety of musical styles and Heron showcases his talent as a straight up crooner on I’m Feeling Blue, a simple, sparse song about love and loneliness. Sometimes the meaning of the blues is just that straightforward. (Rachel Devine)

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