Ray Wilson - Makes Me Think Of Home

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Makes Me Think Of Home is the sixth studio album by Scottish singer/musician Ray Wilson, released in October 2016 via Jaggy D Records.

Ray Wilson, is recognised as one of the UK’s finest ever vocalists by Classic Rock Magazine, and is renowned as an exceptional singer/songwriter, acclaimed for his charismatic stage presence, and his ability as an extraordinary entertainer. Ray was brought to the attention of one of rock’s biggest ever bands, GENESIS, and was given the job of lead vocalist after the resignation of Phil Collins in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 Ray was singer/songwriter with the rock giants, and in the process, they recorded the band’s fourth best-selling album – “Calling All Stations”. Ray went back to his roots after the band split in 1999.

 

Ray has been very busy this year, releasing the excellent all acoustic album ‘Songs For A Friend” and now Makes Me Think Of Home. Over the years, his songwriting has continued to improve and with this album he really lets his incredible voice be heard in the best way it was intended. After years of creating albums with great music, Wilson might have finally written his best album, a collection of his most daring material with brilliant lyrics and melodies.

Throughout the album, Wilson tells various stories of loss, redemption and just trying to live a fulfilling life. Opener “They Never Should Never Have Sent You Roses” is a song U2 would wish they could write these days, as Wilson asks “How much can you take, and how long can you wait, to be alive?” The songs starts off mid-tempo, but explodes into a intense rock track.

On “Tennessee Mountain” Wilson returns to his acoustic roots for a country vibe which suits his voice brilliantly. “Worship The Sun” is a haunting ballad where Wilson promises “Forever and always, I’ll try”. Much of the mix of the album done in a manner to allow Wilson’s voice to fill the spaces and stand right up front and on tracks like “Sun” it works perfectly.

The centerpiece of the album is the title track. Here Wilson comes closest to his Prog side. The somber tone and tempo recalls recent Marillion material, in fact, you can picture what Steve Hogarth would sound like covering this song. The great contrast to this song is the following track, the sarcastic “Amen To That”. This is one of the album highlights and shows Wilson in a way he has never sounded before. In further contrast, “Don’t Wait For Me” sounds like a track that could have been left over from his sessions with Genesis. The album closes on two of the strongest tracks, the wonderful, melodic ballad “Calvin And Hobbes” and the western-inspired “The Spirit”.

This is a varied and diverse collection of songs by one of the world’s great underrated songwriters and voices. Wilson has elevated his game this year, with two albums that showcase his immense talent. The stories told here are powerful and relatable, and the melodies undeniable. This is not loud, heavy or really all that Proggy, but simply some great songs. Absolutely an album worth checking out.

Check out the tracks: “Amen To That”; “They Never Should Have Sent You Roses” and “Makes Me Think Of Home”.

This Limited LP is pressed in Europe on Black Vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

They Never Should Have Sent You Roses

6:11

A2

The Next Life

3:41

A3

Tennessee Mountains

4:18

A4

Worship The Sun

5:02

A5

Amen To That

4:28

B1

Anyone Out There

4:01

B2

Makes Me Think Of Home

7:56

B3

Don’t Wait For Me

3:42

B4

Calvin And Hobbes

4:03

B5

The Spirit

3:43

SKU 4260268280040
Record Label Soul Food
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number RAY08LP
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 28 October 2016
Barcode # 4260268280040
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, Brand New Studio Album
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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