Album – Joni’s Garden – Green Peppers

Posted by admin on February 22nd, 2006

  • Band / Artist : Green Pepper’s
  • Genre : Folk / Acoustic
  • Sample Track Download : N/A
  • Buy CD : Buy
  • Buy Digital Download : Buy
  • Rating : 8 out of 10

This is the first solo project from former Soup Dragons member and Glaswegian guitar legend Jim McCulloch. I have to say this wasn’t the album I had expected, but sometimes having your preconceptions broken is a good thing. It’s no understatement to call this album laid back. If it were any more laid back it would be standing up in my CD player.

This CD has 11 tracks of unadulterated mellowness, just the kind of album to put in the stereo when you get home after a hard day at work. As is sometimes the way with albums like this, many of the tracks sort of blend from one to the next. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it just means that no tracks really standout and slap you up side the head. Then again, that’s not what this album is about. I get the feeling that this was a very personal album to both write and record and indeed it feels very personal when you listen to it.

The album finishes off with the very upbeat (well it is compared to the rest of the album) “Time Machine”, which might have been better used in the middle, or beginning of the album, but I suppose that would have upset the balance of the first 10 tracks, so yes maybe that’s not such a good idea, but it’s a great track and one I could imagine being a single release.

Conclusion : This is a great mellow album, that’s more Suzanne Vega than Leonard Cohen. Actually it’s a lot more upbeat than Suzanne Vega, whilst still remaining laid back, if you get my drift. A definite one for the car, when driving home, to ease you of the burdens of the day.

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