Album review: Willy Mason - Carry On
The Martha’s Vineyard troubadour keeps on keepin’ on with an assured return to form
With comparisons to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young somewhat inaccurately showered upon Mason when he was barely out of his teens, Carry On finds him doggedly doing just that.
Returning to his Martha’s Vineyard home after years of touring to write, Mason decamped to Streatham in south London to lay down these tracks with Hot Chip and MIA producer Dan Carey.
The result is a robust, progressive and poetic riposte to his slightly stuttering sophomore record When The Ocean Gets Rough.
His lyrics remain as thoughtful and reflective as ever, and Carey’s light touch doesn’t add unecessarily to the alt-rock and folk-influenced guitar, strings and Mason’s unmistakeable weathered caramel vocals.
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Elements of dub and reggae are knitted in amongst the slide guitar and journeyman strums, and Carry On feels slicker, more expansive and assured than either of its predecessors.
At only 27, Mason is just hitting his stride with this poignant, authoritative set.
- 1 'Extreme' noise complaint as 150 gather for Islington party
- 2 Statue of Philip Noel-Baker replaced in Islington after 35 years
- 3 Meet the owner of the Camden Passage shop window where nothing is for sale
- 4 New Lidl to open in Finsbury Park's Arts Building next week
- 5 Elderly woman robbed of precious watch in daylight Finsbury Park incident
- 6 'We can do better': Islington Society calls for rethink on Barnard Park plans
- 7 Mum-of-two 'loses everything' in Islington fire
- 8 What do smoking and People Friendly Streets have in common?
- 9 Two men jailed for life after double murder
- 10 New pub opens in place of The Monarch in Chalk Farm Road