Album Review:Gallows Tree Tales by Andrew “Slim” Black

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Gallows Tree Tales:Andrew “Slim” Black incorporates catchy folk rock tunes, Celtic airs and autobiographical lyrics creating an album that is melodic and timeless. 

Dan Clark – lead guitar/piano/Hammond

Colman Connoly -Uilleann pipes/flute

Ben Cordrey – Bass

Sam Kimmins-Harmonica

Orlaith McAuliffe-Whistle/flute

The Singology Gospel Choir conducted and arrange by Reese Robinson

Track listing:

  1. The Nuremberg Defense
  2. Under The Sea
  3. ’til My Dying Day
  4. Reassemble My Heart
  5. Heart And Soul
  6. Cadogan 129
  7. The Gallows Tree
  8. Lay Me Down
  9. Tearing Down The Roses
  10. Peggy Gordon
  11. Reason And Rhyme

I got a copy of Gallows Tree Tales by UK based singer/songwriter  Andrew “Slim” Black. I didn’t write a review about it right away because I want the music to seep through my head before doing anything. An album has many layers and sometimes there are parts of songs you thought you’ve listened to and after several listens you realize that you miss little details. This is what the Gallows Tree Tales album is about. A big armada of sound.  An artfully crafted independent release  that is well produced  and spanning several talents. Even the album liner notes are worth to have because you can see that a lot of detail has been given to them.

The music of Gallows Tree Tales can be described as catchy folk rock inspired by the Beatles with Irish frills. Expect that on top of high powered guitar passages there are folk instruments and hymn- like ballads. Slim labored three years for this album, crafting the materials and getting friends to play on the record. The result is a collection of songs that demands to be listened to again and again for years to come.

Oxford dictionary defines gallows as a structure, typically of two uprights and a crosspiece, for the hanging of criminals. This is clearly represented in this line from Reassemble my heart (track 3)

“They locked her high above in a tower

It was overlooking the gallows tree

They had a family priest and on a moveable feast

Well he swallowed the surviving key

The album plays  like browsing through snapshots of people’s lives in history as well as an excursion into a cycle that plagues us: finding love and losing it. It covers  a lot of topics from Irish martyrs, deceit and star crossed lovers. Slim has way with words. His lyrics  can sometimes sound Shakespearean. He does layer the impeccable choice of words with rugged delivery. His voice seems to rip at times but still retaining its nuance.

All tracks are good. So far I don’t have an experience where my interest wobbled a bit. Everything here keeps you on tight reign. And the journey reaches an utter climax with the second to the last song called Penny Gordon. Slim’s beautiful tortured angel of a voice soars wrapped in the draconian halo of the Singology Gospel Choir. If you like your tunes to rock but with a lot of heart and soul then Gallows Tree Tales won’t disappoint you.

Baxter Labatos | Expats Post

Sampler tunes:

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/slimmusic/gallows-tree-tales-album

More of this artist at : http://www.slim-music.com

 

 

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Album Review:Gallows Tree Tales by Andrew "Slim" Black, 4.3 out of 10 based on 12 ratings
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  • Great review, Baxter. Welcome to Expats Post. I’m a huge music fan, so I’m totally looking forward to your reviews and articles on music.

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    • So honored to be part of this great website! I will surely keep them coming.

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  • I’m listening to the sample now and….I love it! Great review and, once again, welcome aboard!

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    • Thank you Janene. I feel like baking cake to all of you. You guys are my new family 😀

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  • Hooray for cake 🙂 A BIG welcome again, so cool to have you on EP!!

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  • Well well well what can I say TJ? I feel epic! 😀 Thanks to you. You’re responsible for this 😀

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    • Hahaha! This is a pretty cool thing to be responsible for 😀

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  • thanks for the review Baxter -- nice one. And thanks for hosting us on Expatspost everyone. enjoy the music. I’m so proud of my new album -- you can all find out more / listen / buy and all that at the official website http://www.slim-music.com

    :o)

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    • Ohhh the artist himself!!? How cool 😀

      What I’ve heard so far is really great!

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  • Oh the Artist Slim! Thanks for dropping by man hehehehe. You are my first review and like I always say: the first is always memorable.

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  • Thanks for pointing Andrew’s music out Baxter, just listened to the 10 minutes on Soundcloud, always on the lookout for good music, keep them coming. Welcome to Expats.

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    • Thank you Garry. I promise to deliver quality music man 😉 Stay tuned.

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