ALBUM REVIEW: James Yorkston & The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide, Wide River | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.01.21







In addition to being a great album, The Wide, Wide River is perhaps James Yorkston’s strongest message to date in support of the adage that hard work pays off. His tenth album for Domino, The Wide sees Yorkston assemble eight lovely, intelligent, pieces of folk pop into one complete thought.

Perhaps a none-too-distant cousin of an early Van Dyke Parks album, the record takes everyday, poetic narratives and blends them with a layering of multi-instrumental sounds made up from folk, strings and orchestral sounds. The moving To Soother Her Wee Bit Sorrows, with its eight-minute hypnotic loop of acoustic rhythms, and low in the mix layers of strings, steals the show on an album that is complex in its creation yet easy to access and feel at home in.


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