TRACK REVIEW: Scott Free – I Don’t Praise The Lord | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Immediately calling to mind the lo-fi acoustic glory of Elliot Smith and The Mountain Goats, I Don’t Praise The Lord is a fantastic piece of songwriting that is brilliantly served by Scott Free’s approach to arrangement; for all the song sounds so full of life, Free’s lush multi-layered vocals and intricate fingerpicking are joined by little more than a chugging, melodic bass, a delightfully jarring recorder doubling up the chorus’s top line, and some sparse percussion.

Despite this, the song is far from a minimalistic affair, bursting at the seams with passion, heart and humour. There’s a clear classicist approach to the craft, shot through with a tongue in cheek charm that makes it indelibly loveable. Marvellous stuff.

 

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