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‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ by Martyn Joseph - waiting to become a classic

(September 22, 2013)

If you’re going to cover some artists you’ve got to do more than listen. You have to understand them, know what they’re saying and why. Without this level of empathy there’s no point in singing songs by Tires Rushing By In The Rainsuch as Woody Guthrie, Roy Orbison, Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen (to name only a few). Then again, should you decide to cover beloved songs by iconic singers, people will soon let you know if you’ve got it right or wrong – with his latest album ‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ Martyn Joseph has it spot on.

A singular singer-songwriter, Martyn is known for telling soul-filled tales through his songs. Tales of life and love forged by people and places – fighting back against circumstances, realising how to cope with the shards of grief, counting the wreckage that life leaves behind and aching for something to change. He has the unpretentious touch of ‘man with guitar’ that explains all you need to know. He possess a strength of voice that resonates with its topics and shares stories learned through experience.

With ‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ he sets out an acoustic collection of Bruce Springsteen songs rendered into characteristic Martyn Joseph style. Having long-included the occasional Springsteen song in his sets, the 17 songs on ‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ range freely from the ‘hardly known’ to ‘vivid classics’. And the result could well turn out to be a classic in itself.

Throughout ‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ the definitive Jospeh treatment adds depth and compassion to ‘Growin’ Up’, ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ and ‘The Promise’ while the essential truths of 'Thunder Road', 'The River' and 'No Surrender’ gain an inspired edge.

Joseph’s previous album, ‘Songs for the Coming Home’ was something powerful and passionate, with ‘Tires Rushing By In The Rain’ the man steps up the power and pours out even more passion. Find the power and passion here: www.martynjoseph.net

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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