October 23 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather



max temp: 15°C

min temp: 13°C

Five-day forecast

Album review: Huey And The New Yorkers - Say It To My Face

Huey And The New Yorkers - Say It To My Face Huey And The New Yorkers - Say It To My Face

Thursday, November 1, 2012
9:08 PM

The Fun Lovin’ Criminals and BBC Radio legend fires off his first solo record, and delivers a few surprises.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Roping in lifelong musician buddies from on-off project the Tangiers Blues Band, and the drummer from his Fun Lovin’ Criminals among others, cult favourite Huey Morgan set about his debut solo record.

As fans of his BBC radio shows might guess, it’s a broad affair reflecting Morgan’s tastes.

The taut, funky bounce of Stick It To The Man opens the set, lyrics growled by Morgan over groovy guitar that wouldn’t be out of place on a Criminals record.

Followed by the gritty guitar lick of Dirty Bird, dressed with noodling ‘80s synth, Morgan sounds relaxed, if not exactly creatively stretched.

Let My People Go and its funky beat is irrepressibly cool, with flashes of garrulous attitude, but his softer side gets a good outing too.

His throaty delivery almost turns to a profanity-littered purr on The Way It Was Before, while country-western workouts Fall Into Me and Christmas By The Side Of The Road, about a soldier stranded in the snow, 55 miles from home, are surprisingly cringe-free croons.

Having relocated to the UK in the mid-2000s, Say It To My Face is drenched in references to his native NYC, epitomised on the rollicking harmonica-addled, gospel choir-backed New York Bluez.

That it’s one of many highlights is a testament to Morgan’s talent.

4 stars

Share this article


Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Islington Gazette on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Islington businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Islington Gazette, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »