Willy Mason – Carry On

Willy arrived with his debut album ‘Where The Humans Eat’ and instantly became a folk favourite, his second ‘If The Ocean Gets Rough’ was, for me, a little too polished, so I’m happy that his third ‘Carry On’ is a return to the style displayed on the first. It’s still folky but it also has a ramshackle nature about it, the grooves are laid back and reminded me a bit of Simple Kid, weird sections of guitar, feedback and noise haunt the backgrounds of the songs adding to the country picking and his characteristic voice. Apart from the 2 minute bridging ‘Show Me The Way To Go Home’ every track is great and it’s not that that one is bad it’s just over before it starts. ‘Restless Fugitive’ stands out with its folk/reggae meander and ‘I Got Gold’ brings to mind Graceland era Paul Simon.  ‘What Is This’, ‘Pickup Truck’ and title track ‘Carry On’ are all strong and it feels like Willy has become more comfortable with his own unique approach allowing the songs to speak rather than the production. There is also a familiarity to the songs, which is a testament to how well they are written that you feel you know them like old friends and can certainly sing-along after only a few listens. ‘Carry on’ is solid album which should keep fans happy while also bringing new ones to the fold.

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