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The Lines by Stephen Fretwell

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Reviewed on 1st September 2003.


The Lines

By Stephen Fretwell

From start to it's "all too soon" finish this is a well constructed / crafted delight. Five songs and a reprise of pure young man's emotion put into song. Effortlessly Mr Fretwell and his cohorts take leaves out of books from the most respected of musical libraries, such great authors as Bob Dillon / Nick Drake / Van Morrison are a mere few amongst those sampled.

Fretwell continues a long line of great real life songwriters, conjuring up couplets that speak to you as clear as day. Sparky shuffling apologising opener "Thank you" is the perfect start. While songs like "Throw it all away" and "Run" demonstrate the broad range of emotions you can spread with a beer, a ciggie and an acoustic guitar, from the introspective former to the reflective latter.

This CD puts you in the lateness of night, the smoke filled bedroom and the burning whisky down the throat. It's connoisseur stuff and the only criticism is in its frustratingly short length. Five songs just isn't enough and the replay buttons on CD players everywhere are subsequently under Fret...!



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