wo years ago, trhe Co Antrim singer-songwriter made his debut with The Week The Clock’s Changed. Reviewing here, I likened him to Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and Springsteen but also noted how one of the tracks reminded me of Steve Forbert.
It’s Forbert who, in terms of phrasing, vocal kinship and easy rolling melodies, is the strongest comparison on this, Glover’s sophomore release. Again recorded in Nashville, this time produced by Neilson Hubbard, it may not have the heavy hitter guests (Gill, Lauderdale, Miller) of its predecessor but the musicians are first class and among the co-writers you’ll find the name of one Mary Gauthier. Their joint effort, the gently humming Full Moon Child, gets the album off to a glittering start, Glover’s dusty voice in fine yearning fettle as he spins the bittersweet story of a part time motel weekend bartender with ‘the same last name as a well known whisky’, living on cheap cigarettes and unfulfilled dreams.
A classic in the making, it’s worth the price alone, but that’s just a taster of what lies ahead. One of the more Forbert-like numbers, Monument Green reveals Glover’s keen ear for a catchy pop melody, Where The Lines Are (from whence the title comes) is a fine example of shuffling Celtic Americana that will again draw David Gray references just as Let It Do What It Does reveals a streak of Van.
If there’s a flaw it’s that, after the fourth track, I Am, You Are, an anthemic piano ballad waiting for the right stadium, the material’s less immediate and more moody. However, that’s not to criticise the quality of numbers like the Mike Scott-styled big music of Grounded, wry love song The Hat or First Chance For Second Lies, a track that wouldn’t sound out of place on a best of Fleetwood Mac.
Besides which, the album ends on as a high a note as it began with Too Late To Leave Her Alone, a seven minute slow waltzer unfolding to guitar, piano and strings backing that evokes star flickering desert night skies and carries you away like a passing comet. The man deserves to be huge. Consider it your duty to help him on the way.