BOO HEWERDINE Harmonograph (MVine)
On his sixth solo album, former Bible singer/songwriter/guitarist Boo Hewerdine presents his own freshly-minted versions of songs hed written for others, the list of benefactors including Eddi Reader, Hepburn and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. In his hands these pillow-soft songs are bathed in arrangements that are often little more than acoustic guitar, sympathetic electronics and delicately nuanced harmonies.
When its good, this is grown-up pop confectionery of a rare quality. Examine Slow Learner, for example, exquisitely understated, cryptic and enticing, the accumulating unease of Sing To Me, or the Ivor Novello-nominated Patience Of Angels, all songs that feed and flower in repeated listening. The closing alfresco I Felt Her Soul Move Through Me, an English country garden kind of spiritual, cuts through any lingering suspicion that Hewerdines stock in trade is cloying, Hallmark sentimentality: hes just doing the best he can in the way he knows how.