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Boomkat Product Review:
It can't be very long since James Yorkston's previous album The Year Of The Leopard saw its release, yet here comes another full-length from the seasoned singer/songwriter. Of course between albums Yorkston underwent the remix treatment at the hands of Kode9 (among others) for the "Woozy With Cider" single, but Roaring The Gospel finds him back in more familiar waters, turning out the kind of lavish arrangements not ordinarily associated with an artist so steeped in the traditions of folk. It's often the more pared-down recordings that yield the most effective results however, with tracks like 'Seven Streams' with its ukulele and woodwind arrangement just understated enough to not detract from Yorkston's central vocal performance. Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' gets covered halfway through the album, with a haunting fiddle drone sharing the focus alongside Yorkston's voice. Another high point comes in the form of 'Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk', a traditional piece with echoes of Shane McGowan's weary tones, which in itself harks back to Yorkston's own Celtic roots. Most of the best material here is Yorkston's own however, and it's reassuring that despite releasing albums so close together he can still uphold the excellent calibre of his writing.