Review of All Maps Welcome ( 02 May 2005 Sony/BMG) Album by Tom Mcrae

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Tom McRae - All Maps Welcome ( 02 May 2005 Sony/BMG) - Album Review

Tom McRae - All Maps Welcome ( 02 May 2005 Sony/BMG) - Album Review
Tom McRae

All Maps Welcome

An emotionally liberatingthird album, or an evenbetter description of this artefact would be thatMr. McRae is the tour guide in a compelling, refreshing and laid back journey through life’s beauty, the mysteries of it and human emotions. The soothing style that trundles along in a laid back and friendly manner with McRae’s acoustically prominent instrumentalssends you off ona journey thatomitsthe weariness of travel.The captivating'Humming Bird Song’ wistfully weaves itself way intoyour conscience, as it glides peacefully around you like, well, the trochilidae member in the song title.

With six tracks out of eleven on this offering, weighing in at thefour minute plus mark,McRae demonstrates ability toslowly and subtlybuild up emotion witha similarcraft and skillattributed to writerDylan Thomas. ‘ Silent Boulevard’ is a case in point and represents the liveliest piece on the album,featuring theFinn Bros spiced up with a droplet of Damien Rice type vocals,plus a clattering andclanging accompaniment that facilitates the graceful wrestle with the topic of thecruel nature of humanity.

One thing stands out more than anything in subtle, slow and melodic offerings and that is the lyrics, especially when they are delivered with the soaring and compelling nature of the earnest Mr. McRae. Therousing chorus concealed within ‘The Girl Who Falls Downstairs’, aptly demonstrate the lyrical prowess that is on display on this album;

“And I see myself turn into something else, turn into someone else for a while.

And I know I might run into this night, running another dream to the ground.”

With a crafted backing band that includes the cruising piano riffs of Olli Cunning; music, magic and imagination have a seductive soiree in the listener’s mind. ‘All Maps Welcome’ is one of the most polished and unpretentious offerings around lately, with Mcrae’stender touch having the ability to calm down even the likes of Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer.

Check out one of Tom Mcrae’s live performances when he steps out on tour in support of Tori Amos in June

June 2005

Thursday 2 Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Friday 3 London Hammersmith Apollo

Saturday 4 London Hammersmith Apollo

Sunday 5 Manchester Apollo

Tuesday 7 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Wednesday 8 Newcastle City Hall

Thursday 9 Nottingham Royal Centre

Saturday 11 Rotterdam Ahoy

Sunday 12 Brussels Forest National

Wednesday 15 Copenhagen Vega (TBC)

Thursday 16 Oslo Norwegian Wood (TBC)

Friday 17 Sweden Hultsfred Festival(TBC)

Sunday 19 Kolding Theatre (TBC)

Monday 20 Hamburg StadtPark

Tuesday 21 Berlin Tempodrom

Thursday 23 Bonn MuseamSplatz

Friday 24 Munich Philharmonie

Tuesday 28 Frankfurt Alte Opera

David Adiar