Old Man Luedecke My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs

Old Man Luedecke My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs
Chester, NS musician Old Man Luedecke follows up 2009's Juno-award-winning Proof of Love with another smashing collection of banjo-based folk songs. Producer Steve Dawson's full band arrangements give weight and polish to Luedecke's fourth effort, but a solid core of complex melodies and clear-eyed lyrical perspective is what gives his music its lasting appeal. The mandolin, fiddle and gritty backing vocals of Grammy Award-winning musician Tim O'Brien lend the album more of a classic bluegrass vibe than we've heard from Luedecke in the past. He also ups the outrage quotient this time around, adding a tad more political discord to his typical romantic introspection. Lines like "I ain't got no more time for all you charlatans and liars" give the upbeat arrangements a sharper edge than usual and a pleasurably bitter flavour. This is simply a beauty of an album, from its first twang to the final strum. (Black Hen)