BBC Sessions

BBC Sessions

by Loudon Wainwright III

CD

Overview

Loundon Wainright's THE BBC SESSIONS, 21 live solo performances for British radio between 1971 and 1993, is an excellent, intimate overview of the songwriter's three-decade career. The New York native has experienced both the highs and lows of the social-satirist label with which many critics and listeners have saddled him. His ability to cut through the pap and circumstance of current political events has made him a favorite among the National Public Radio set, and at the same time it has limited his exposure within circles who prefer their folksingers a bit more earnest. This is a shame. THE BBC SESSIONS reveals an artist who has perfected the delivery of smart and passionate songs about the trials of getting by in the world. There is plenty of social context here. "Hard Day on the Planet" from 1985 offers a list of disasters ranging from terrorism to famine ("Even Bob Geldof looks alarmingly thin"), yet Wainright always approaches this material from a personal perspective. Songs such as "Sunday Times" and "No" are as skilled and intimate character portraits as recent folk music has to offer, and they are better for grappling with the public world that inevitably invades the private. Other songs, such as "A Father and Son" and "The Swimming Song," bring the point home by eschewing the wider world and investing small personal events with poetic beauty. Wainright not only writes great songs, he delivers them with style. His cutting voice, off-kilter phrasing, and solid acoustic guitar give THE BBC SESSIONS an exciting urgency and spontaneity. Great songs, no pretense -- don't miss it. Karl Hagstrom Miller

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Release Date: 04/18/2000
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206105421
catalogNumber: 061054

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