After 2011’s gloriously languid Laurel Canyon-inspired ‘Gentle Spirit’ album, it’s no surprise that Jonathan Wilson’s second solo outing is a rather grand affair.
The beautiful Steinway piano which opens the album also forms its core, functioning as the frame onto which orchestral flourishes and intricate riffs are layered. While his distinctive voice and keening melodies are as enchanting as ever, Wilson has added a cinematic heft that neatly avoids being saccharine.
Featuring co-writes with Roy Harper (before those charges emerged, obviously) and musical contributions from Crosby, Nash and Browne, ‘Fanfare’ is every bit as grandiose as its title suggests. And yet, the purring intimacy of Wilson’s vocals always shines through.
Words: Gareth James
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Listen to ‘Fanfare’ in full via Deezer, below…