ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Wicked Cool

Released: 18.09.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the album started my first impression was that this reminded me so much of Tom Petty, and even features a cover of Petty’s Southern Accents. Charming lyrics about life’s rich tapestry wash over the country style musical arrangements.

This is a transatlantic collaboration, as Ryan Hamilton himself hails from Austin, Texas, while his backing band The Harlequin Ghosts are based in the UK. There is a track about his ex-wife who comes from our region: Newcastle Charm talks about Geordie girls having a cold exterior and a great big heart, and it’s certainly different to hear an American singing “howay man, canny and why-aye” in a chorus.

The rest of the tracks have strong American roots in their content. Tales of motel rooms and relationships precipitate universal appeal for this mellow collection.

 

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