Hubby’s third album, following 2011’s ‘First & Last’ and 2012’s ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’, is a very personal affair.
His exquisite guitar playing feels so close and all-consuming that he could be playing inside your head. You hear every pick, every string slide and every gentle nasal breath from the instrument’s player.
Hubbard’s instrumental numbers are rhythmic and warm, with influences of flamenco, especially on the romantic ‘Go Slowly’ and melodic ‘Buckstacy’.
He brings his voice in on every other track: delicate, unaffected and as Scottish as you can get, with the double-tracked vocals on ‘Dec 11’ bringing something particularly special.
As a whole, ‘Breaks & Bone’ is a little samey, but as a showcase of one of Glasgow’s finest musicians, it’s a gem.
Words: Gemma Hampson
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