By Kris Drever
Having spent his time as a youth listening to the likes of Metallica and Pantera, you might find yourself shocked on hearing Kris Drever's debut album for the first time. Rather than up keeping his early love for heavy metal, Kris seems to have gone full circle, instead choosing to follow the path of Celtic folk.
The main focal point of Black Water is Kris Drever's warmth and comforting vocal style and traditionally themed lyric writing. Add charming picked guitar arrangements, occasional backing from violin and accordion, and enlist the help of various musical contemporaries (including the Yorkshire folk star Kate Rusby) and there you have it... a solid debut record.
Black Water isn't a bad album, far from it... this is all very pleasant and delivered beautifully, but Kris Drever clings far too tightly to the roots of the folk genre to be awarded too much credit. Perhaps I'm guilty of listening to a great deal of contemporary folk recently, but for me there isn't enough originality here to really distinguish himself from other artists in the field.