Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with this best of album, which is as relaxing as a candlit bath.

Newton Faulkner has been around far longer than many of us realise.  He has busily created tunes which combine intriguing guitar work, rhythmic style and that surprising vocal range.  These abilities differentiate him from the “nice man with guitar” standard.

From the launch of his first album in 2007 he has produced a continuous body of work (six albums).   So maybe its a good time for a reappraisal of this, the highlights and a generous sprinkling of bonuses.

For those new to Newton’s work this is a great introduction and a chance to get up to speed, for the regulars that love and support him, the live set showpieces have been included too.

At Birmingham Live we have reviewed Newton live a few times. His charm, personality and talent are undeniable but our last reviewer was convinced that underneath there was a burning desire to show the extent of his abilities. 

“something that would get the ears pricked up and the pulse racing. In the end we got it, but in a bizarre fashion it was a cover that did it. Of all things Bohemian Rhapsody, apparently his party piece.”

So our previous reviewers wishes and that of many supporters are granted as the cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is included.  The choice of covers on this album are a challenging mix, but they contrast well with his own music.    I Need Something, Dream Catch Me, Write It On Your Skin, Clouds and Brick by Brick all feature along with new single Don’t Leave Me Waiting (see video below). 

The combination of delicate play and the depth of vocal sensitivity are perfect.    The title of this album, with the emphasis on the “So Far” element makes me smile, as I expect there is much more to hear from this artist.    Buy it, give it as a present you won’t be disappointed.

The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner … So Far, released on Battenburg Records on 15 March, 2019.

Newton Faulkner Tour 

APRIL

Mon 22 Bournemouth Academy

Tue 23 Exeter Great Hall

Wed 24 London Palladium

Fri 26 Birmingham Institute

Sat 27 Liverpool Academy

Mon 29 Gateshead Sage

MAY

Wed 01 Leeds Becketts University

Thu 02 Dublin Olympia Theatre

Sat 04 Manchester Albert Hall

Sun 05 Leicester De Montfort Hall

Mon 06 Glasgow Old Fruit Market

 

Reviewer: Steph Colledge

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