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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

The Secret Sun


2021 Charity Shop Purchases 59 -Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos - The Secret Sun

Such was the paucity of decent music in the St Andrews charity shops that I for a couple of random punts one of which was The Secret Sun a 2003 album on the Verve label by Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos.

A band I knew absolutely nothing about but a sticker on the  front advised that he was the no 1 songwriter in the country according to The New Yorker and was described as impeccable by Mojo plus the cover looked vaguely Americana.

Turns out I was wrong. Some research when I got home advises that he is an American singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist who has worked with the likes of Melanie Gardot, Norah Jones and Madelaine Peyroux with Wiki describing his music as a blend of folk,rock,jazz and world rhythms. That's a good few bases covered then

The songs are not bad but maybe a wee bit generic and bland. Allmusic makes comparisons to Josh Rouse (which I don't get) and more accurately describes the album as having a a contemplative Sunday afternoon feel.

The jury is out as to whether it is a keeper although these songs do sound  a little better second time round.

Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos -All My Life

Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos -You Were on my Mind