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Album Review: Navaro - Home Is Where Your Heartlands (Leading Horses Records)

By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 13 November 2011

Navaro's second album and follow up to the well-received UNDER DIAMOND SKIES (2008) features sixteen songs plus an additional five demos and live cuts labelled 'rough diamonds', from the pens of both Steve Austin and Pete White, with the one cover, JD Souther's Wishing On Another Lucky StarRecorded under atmospheric circumstances, surrounded by a circle of fairy lights and candles, HEARTLANDS features the contrasting lead voices of the original trio of Austin, White and Beth Navaro, who are joined by multi-instrumentalist Clive Batkin and percussionist/drummer Will, together with a handful of guest musicians.
The songs are both melodic and easily accessible, with the added bonus of being cleverly organised in the track listing to provide variety throughout the album. The distinctive voice of Pete White on such songs as Reluctant Feet and Walk Away contrasts to that of Steve Austin's on My Favourite One Night Stand and This Time Will Pass, which is equally disparate to the songs on which Beth takes the lead, such as Familiar and Walking With Ghosts. Despite their individual vocal characteristics, nowhere do the voices work better than when all three are brought together in harmony. Each of the songs are treated to a tight arrangement and crisp acoustic sound throughout, making the Mark Stevens produced album an alluring prospect when it comes to Christmas gift ideas.  
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky


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