Posts Tagged ‘The Long Blondes’

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If you’re excepting a Long Blondes style record, you’d perhaps be best advised to pop ‘Someone To Drive You Home’ on. However, if  you’re a fan of beautifully crafted sophisticated, evocative British pop music, full of wistful poetry and passion then ‘British Road Movies’ could be the album for you

Kate Jackson’s debut solo album ‘British Road Movies,‘  has been a long time coming although according to Kevin Shield’s clock eight years is but a mere wrinkle in time. There were times when it appeared a Kate Jackson solo album would simply never happen.  Kate appeared to have given up on music after relocating to Rome to peruse her first love, painting. Thankfully the appeal of grey skies, weak tea, weaker TV and the perpetually cynical humour of whey-faced English folk proved too much of a draw for Kate and she eventually returned to her hometown of Bury St.Edmunds. There was also the small matter of the fact that she still had a half realised album on her laptop originally written with Bernard Butler,


Butler’s guitar work is pretty impressive  it’s equalled by Jackson’s sublime vocal performance, this sounds very much like the Kate Jackson, the iconic alluring lead singer of The Long Blondes. Throughout ‘British Road Movies’ her vocal is far more emotive than her previous work and has a depth, tenderness and warmth which makes it a far more personal experience. The predominant underlining theme of the album is one of discovery of searching – first via  escape, and then seeking a connection, somewhere to fit in before the realisation that what you’d been searching for had perhaps been right in front of you all the time. Because that sense of place, connection, and love is perhaps for some of us only truly found in the place we’d been trying to escape


Kate Jackson – Vocals.
Seymour Quigley – Guitars.
Reuben Kemp – Bass Guitar.
Ken Last – Keyboards/Synths
Shannon Hope – Drums.
16 Years by Kate Jackson taken from the album British Road Movies, out via Hoo Ha Records