Album Reviews

Mark Harrison

Turpentine

Artist:     Mark Harrison

Album:     Turpentine

Label:     Self Released

Release Date:     06/27/2016

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Mark Harrison is a London-based, UK acoustic bluesman. Turpentine is his latest self-produced release, featuring thirteen self-penned tracks that showcase his acoustic picking and tasteful slide-work.

Harrison is always interesting. Originality sparkles with every album released, and he works in a real old-school style, but always gilded by his mordant wit and refreshingly reflective thinking at the core. Old school with a positive, contemporary twist pretty much illustrates this guy’s style and musical approach.

Roots music is always his main base, and he has a wonderful ability to take unexpected subjects, twist and tune them up with humor, innovation and downright originality.

Harrison’s last release in 2015, On The Chicken Sandwich Train, was an album that burst at the seams with his skewed, piercing take on normally taboo subjects like death and disposal. It was also one of the finest UK independent traditional blues offerings of the year.

Now, once again, with Turpentine, Harrison has pushed out the musical and lyrical boat to deliver a truly unique album that is immediately appealing and arresting. An exceptionally clever, thought-provoking release from an acoustic blues/roots craftsman of note, Turpentine, and Harrison, is clearly one to keep on your music radar.

-Iain Patience

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