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  True Hearts and Travel Tales by Elis Macfadyen

True Hearts and Travel Tales cover art

Artist: Elis Macfadyen
Title: True Hearts and Travel Tales
Catalogue Number: EM2023CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2023

Another day, another review and, with some trepidation, onwards to the words and music that makes up “True Hearts and Travel Tales” by Elis Macfayden.

It’s nice to get a CD to review instead of a download to review as I like having something physical to ponder whilst considering matters musical. However, despite liking the cover art, I can’t say that I was convinced by the songs that make up this album. There are, of course, story songs but there are also distracting and somewhat inelegant arrangements to take the listener away from the often earnest message to be found in the words and, with the limitations of Elis Macfayden’s voice always evident, I got the feeling that more and more broth mix had been added to this soup to disguise the fact that the basic stock wasn’t going to cut the mustard.

So, not an album for me but your mileage may vary.
Review Date: January 12 2024