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Gavin Sutherland - Wireless Connection (MIG)
It's been a couple of years since Gavin Sutherland's previous album A CURIOUS NOISE, the style of the songs of which I likened at the time to that of the late JJ Cale, with all his mystery, his Tulsa growl, his cliched laid-back bluesy sensibility. One-time member of the Sutherland Brothers Band and the hugely successful Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, Gavin Sutherland seems to have done what every self-respecting pop/rock star should do, that is to grow old gracefully, not that he could really be described as old. Nowhere on this latest release, WIRELESS CONNECTION, do we see an artist pretending to be twenty again, but rather we see a mature musician utilising his distinctively weathered voice to deliver a dozen highly personal songs that range from the enduring appeal of the gramophone record, the magnificence of the Northern Lights, the connections between us all through the power of the wireless and the simple pleasure of sipping blueberry wine. It might be a long while since those youthful siblings were lying in the arms of Mary, bobbing up and down on a lifeboat or providing Rod Stewart with one of his biggest hits, but it's still rewarding to hear the familiar Sutherland sound this far down the road.