Isobel Campbell @ The Liquid Room. 30 May

Not often can the countrified laments of Northwest America and the majestic balladry of central Scotland appear quite so compatible as they do here tonight

Article by Dave Kerr | 15 Jul 2006
  • Isobel Campbell & Eugene Kelly

With former Belle & Sebastian and Vaselines alumni in attendance, two eras to testify the strength and intrinsic depth of Scottish music are well represented this evening. Providing vocals to compliment Campbell's black and white tinted kitchen-sink whisper, Eugene Kelly maintains his indigenous brogue throughout but drops to a baritone so as to creep near Mark Lanegan's tree bark-smoking growl. The chanteuse herself appears glad to be back on home turf following a heavy spate of jet setting, quite visibly giggling away and making apologies for mistakes she never really made. The dreamy waltz of Revolver denotes a short dwindling point in the band's resolve, however the percussive whips and cracks of Ramblin' Man arrive to restore some focus and a seemingly ramshackle rendition of the Carter-Cash favourite Times A Wastin' is cancelled out by a take on Lanegan's own bleary-eyed metronomic elegy Wedding Dress and a rousing stomp through of Vaselines classic Son Of A Gun seals the deal. Not often can the countrified laments of Northwest America and the majestic balladry of central Scotland appear quite so compatible as they do here tonight. [Dave Kerr]

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