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Released: 01.12.21







Jay McAllister’s 14th serving is a celebration of life when we all need it the most. The pastoral folk rock opener A Beautiful Place contains the sort of lyrics that should be part of the national curriculum, whilst even its direct sequel, Stones, finds hope amongst the ruins.

McAllister’s a true wordsmith incapable of cynicism; the jaunty Not Everybody Thinks We’re Doomed being the perfect anecdote for what’s been a crazy two years by anybody’s standards. Getting more experimental and playful towards the end of the record, the shuffling Apples flirts with rap whilst Ready For Action embraces beats and samples before finale Love Yourself epically brings to a close a truly life affirming record. Just what the nutritionist ordered.


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