James Yorkston – The Wide Wide River

In addition to being a great album, The Wide, Wide River is perhaps 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 8 lovely, intelligent, pieces of folk-pop into one complete thought.  Perhaps a non-too distant cousin of an early Van Dyke Parks album, The wide takes every-day, 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 8-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.