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Play It Again Sam

Released: 07.07.17
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Given the current (evil) Conservative government, this album drops at just the right time.  Chronicling the demise of the Welsh mining industry, PSB have not only returned to Earth, they’ve burrowed beneath it.  With vocals from Tracyanne Campbell, James Dean Bradfield, Haiku Salut and some lovely Welsh language singing from Lisa Jen Brown, the by now expected archive audio spliced in at appropriate points is perfectly accompanied.

For an ostensibly angry album, Every Valley is overwhelmingly soft and sympathetic. Despite some fairly hard guitar moments, the overall feeling is of a yearning sadness with the melodic lilt of the tuneful Welsh accent in the vox-pop interludes.  Prepare for tears in the final track, Take Me Home, beautifully sung by a Welsh male voice choir.

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