Black Water

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's hard to believe that Celtic rock band Wolfstone have been around long enough for their lead singer to have a son with a music career of his own, but sure enough -- Kris Drever (son of Ivan Drever) has not only established himself as an in-demand session player, but is now also making quite a mark for himself as a solo artist. Black Water is as promising a debut album as has emerged from the British Isles in ten years. Some credit for its success is due to the all-star cast of guests who play (John McCusker, Andy Cutting, Ian Carr) and sing (Eddi Reader, Kate Rusby) alongside him. But mainly it comes down to his wise decision to keep the arrangements spare and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's hard to believe that Celtic rock band Wolfstone have been around long enough for their lead singer to have a son with a music career of his own, but sure enough -- Kris Drever (son of Ivan Drever) has not only established himself as an in-demand session player, but is now also making quite a mark for himself as a solo artist. Black Water is as promising a debut album as has emerged from the British Isles in ten years. Some credit for its success is due to the all-star cast of guests who play (John McCusker, Andy Cutting, Ian Carr) and sing (Eddi Reader, Kate Rusby) alongside him. But mainly it comes down to his wise decision to keep the arrangements spare and crystalline, the better to show off both the dark beauty of these songs the reedy clarity of his voice -- not the whiny high tenor of too many Irish male singers, but a lean and strong high baritone that recalls Dick Gaughan in his prime. Two of the album's most powerful tracks are its first two: a gorgeous and regretful Sandy Wright composition called "Steel and Stone (Black Water)," and the equally lovely traditional song "Braw Sailin' on the Sea." Drever's voice loses a bit of its power on the otherwise fine "Green Grows the Laurel," and "Poor Man's Son" is played in a slightly weird and rather ill-advised pseudo-country style, but the album ends powerfully with two subdued and absolutely stunning numbers: "Navigator" and "Farewell to Fuineray." Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397445625
  • Catalog Number: 4456
  • Sales rank: 197,024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Drever Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Ian Carr Guitar
Eddi Reader Vocal Harmony
Andy Cutting Accordion (Diatonic)
Roy Dodds Percussion, Drums
John McCusker Fiddle, Viola, Human Whistle, Guitar (Tenor)
Ewen Vernal Double Bass
Kate Rusby Vocal Harmony
Andy Seward Banjo
Roddy Woomble Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Ian Carr Arranger
Boo Hewerdine Composer
Calum Malcolm Mastering
John McCusker Arranger, Producer
Paul McGeechan Engineer
Andy McKay Composer
Diarmuid Moynihan Composer
Tom Rose Concept
Simon Bradley Composer
Andy Seward Arranger, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Kris Drever Arranger
Sandy Wright Composer
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