‘Glasgow’ – Findlay Napier - a lyrical reverence to his adopted hometown(October 12, 2017)
There’s little doubt that Findlay Napier is a songwriter of considerable talent, the latest example of this is his album ‘Glasgow’, a lyrical reverence to his adopted hometown. Combining originals, collaborations and classics there’s everything to love about this album – Napier’s softly engaging and eminently listenable vocals, piercingly powerful vocals and readily memorable melodies. The themes range across personal experiences and observations, recollections of people and places through narratives that examine the past and present.
There are influences are wide and varied – homeless people, interviews with gravediggers, graduation elation – the high-points of this collection includes the personal ‘Young Goths In The Necropolis’, the supremely tender ‘Goodbye To Marchtown’, ‘St Anthony’s Digging A Hole’, the simple pleasure of ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’and the incisive understanding of ‘There’s More To Building Ships’. And with songs like Findlay’s rendition of Julia Doogan’s sharp commentary ‘Glasgow’ and the soulful collaboration with Boo Hewerdine in ‘The Blue Lagoon’ you know you’re in the presence of something special.
Review: Charlie Elland