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Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me – Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

Apr 19, 2018

Bedford and Simmonds continue their winning creative streak with an album full of ‘love, madness and obsession’. Their songs dig deep into those pillars of folk and blues inspiration; people at the edge and slowly tipping over it – psychological disintegration rarely sounds this good however.

Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me is a delicious slice of UK Americana, it showcases just how fertile this genre can be in the right hands. The track Young Parson Richard takes a Percy Shelley ballad and pumps some kind of voodoo drug into its withered veins – to brilliant effect.

The jewel within this is Bedford’s voice, as always she inhabits the songs rather than just singing them – and it is the songs such as Cruel Mother where she gives her great voice free rein that really stick with you.

Iain Hazlewood

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