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Brother Roy - Last Man Standing (Self Release)
It's rewarding to hear a record so chock full of songs rich in melody, with lush orchestrations, maturely written lyrics and embellished with the sound of a sweet Hammond organ, occasionally swirling along in the mix as if it was 1965 again. Heartbreaker, the opening song, ticks the same boxes that Lennon put his proverbial mark to in the early 1970s, in the days when he would be seen hanging out with Harry Nilsson, downing the Brandy Alexanders like there was no tomorrow. Claimed as a 'rock and roll missionary', we tend to listen with great expectations and speculative curiosity, that we may just be in the presence of a musical authority. Well I don't know much about the man they call Brother Roy, but I trust my taste buds and these songs work blissfully well on my remaining senses. Based in New York, Brother Roy has a confident approach to songwriting, occasionally wearing his Leon Russell, Harry Nilsson and Beatles influences very much on his sleeve, but it apparently suits him, and in the case of LAST MAN STANDING, it suits this reviewer well too.