In 2011, Neville Skelly released The Poet & The Dreamer; a collection of beautifully produced and performed classic covers, alongside his own work but this February (24th to be exact), sees the release of Carousel which is an album full to the brim with all Skelly’s own, original music.
The first track, White Roses, is haunting and it’s not hard to pick out hints of Bruce Springsteen, Hootie & the Blowfish and Hot House Flowers; a style that continues throughout the album. Falling Leaves is stunning. It’s a song to fall in love to and with and it comes very close to bringing tears to your eyes. Silence in the Sand breaks the album up well with its upbeat rhythm. It’s a song that would have gone down very well at Woodstock with its carefree, happy tone.
On Catherine, you can hear hints of Eddie Vedder mixed in with Bruce, Hootie and friends and on the last track, Before She Was Gone, Paul Weller and Eric Clapton pop in for a cuppa too. This is a simple yet stunning track which is a fitting and beautiful end to an album which holds you in its arms and rocks you, comforting you with every swing.
At times, Carousel is heartbreaking and at times it’s happy. But throughout, it is just a wonderful collection of folk/rock and quite possibly one of the best folk albums you will have heard, and will hear, in quite some time.