Songs of Rapture
Songs of Rapture is quite a surprise compared to Jonathan Thompson's live sound. Jonathan can easily rely on just his acoustic guitar playing to hold a whole room, but hearing the songs with a full five-piece band brought something different to the material. The protest tune, War Zone, is turned into a rockier, angrier number and, with Jonathan playing both lead and rhythm guitar on this album, shows off his soloing skills. With some neat arrangements, Jonathan allows space and ensures his lyrics take centre stage. In fact, it is Jonathan's lyrics that stand out the most from this album. From Child In Your Eyes, which is so vivid you can almost see the scene being played out in front of you, to Lottery Life, a the critical commentary of The City and money pressures. The song seems somewhat apt given the current financial crisis. Alongside this, the last song Make Poverty finds Jonathan in possession of a loop pedal. This he uses to great effect, with a neatly timed backing track "make poverty history" flowing behind the verses, an assault on unfair trade. Meanwhile, it would be impossible to write this review and leave out One Morning In May. A beautiful acoustic instrumental, it let's the sunshine in and puts a smile on your face. Album Review: Kate Steaggles.