RMG-Chart – 2005 – 59 minutes

Pierce Turner confidently proclaims that he is the boy to be with as this latest offering opens, and his blend of folk lyrics infused with a rock edge works, despite a few faults.

The album is very haunting in opening track 'Sing', strains of which pop up again in 'The Boy to Be With'. This and the tracks 'Drumsna' and 'The Bright and Early' are comfortingly reminiscent of traditional airs, with a suite of folk songs about life, the world and Rory Gallagher at the close covering plenty of bases.

There are also a few rock tracks, notably 'Jazz' and 'Mr Turner', about the woes of a cross-dresser. The latter of these is the most memorable for its content, but Turner is better at the slower songs. He doesn't sound quite comfortable on the more upbeat numbers.

With almost the feeling of a live album, Pierce Turner's latest will find a home among fans of old-school music with a modern sound.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Sing – The Boy To Be With – Jazz – The Bright And Early – Drumsna – Omagh – See That Girl – Mr Turner – You've Got Her London – So Many People – This Planet – This Life – The Ballad of Rory Gallagher – Jazz (Radio Edit)