After four decades of ups and downs and lessons learned the hard way, Hello Sailor are entering their dotage in a reflective mood, but they haven't lost their streetwise swagger.
Surrey Crescent Moon is a more satisfying set than their last studio effort, 1994's The Album, with a comfortable, laid-back feel to their guitar interplay and Graham Brazier in fine voice (though there's nothing with the punch of, say, New Tattoo).
Opening cut Bric A Brac Shop could be seen as a metaphor, with the lads living among reminders of the past, but they're walking proud with a Motown strut in Looking For My Shades.
There are the usual tales from the grimy side of the streets (Holly and Billy, Bungalow Ave and the Kiwi Gothic atmosphere of the title track), and further nods to their glory days in the reggae rhythms of Big Black Bus and De Dog and the affectionate pirate tale Black Patch and Pegleg.
Best tracks: Bric A Brac Shop, Black Patch and Pegleg
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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