‘Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit’ - Terence Blacker - charismatic stories, comments and examinations(February 22, 2016)
Singer, songwriter, author and columnist Terence Blacker is one of those rare souls that take acerbic humour and lace it with finely honed expression to deliver views on a host of subjects through a sideways look at the folk genre. The desire to categorise his music exists because most folk don’t quite know how to take his raw, satire-soaked honesty and sarcasm-tinged observations. Whatever time you have, don’t bother with analysis just listen, go with the flow and enjoy Blacker’s view.
His latest album ‘Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit’ takes you through a range of strangely charismatic stories filled with comments and examinations that raise both smiles and groans as you identify with his tangled lyrics and idiosyncratic delivery. From the rise and fall of a ukulele playing girl, through a gross tale of British aristocracy with the appalling Ffaffinfton-Blythes, and the problem of online information overload to mourning the demise of true ‘train songs’, the best you can do is take a trip with Blacker ... it could be that nothing will ever really make sense again.
The folk, not-folk debate aside, ‘Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit’ is sharp satirical thinking put into song, with the sad narrative of ‘Young Girl With a Ukulele’, the thought provoking ‘Family History’, the fears of ‘Too Much Information’, the rocking ‘Eastbound Train’ and the quietly vigilant ‘My Village’.
There’s the witty and sporadically vulgar views of Jake Thackray, the comedic commentary of Richard Digance and now ‘Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit’ from Terence Blacker ... you’re going to love it. As the man says: “Come and join me on that Eastbound train ... get in touch with what is real.”
Find words, music and Terence Blacker here: terenceblacker.com
Review: Tim Carroll