Medicine Lake  – Sean Shiff (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time out Sean Shiff delivered that rarest of things, a song about politics that wasn’t political. By that I mean that he showed us the gentle art of talking about our differences without taking sides, something that we seem to have lost. But if That’s Just Fine saw him delve into social commentary, Medicine Lake is happy to be a poetic slice of natural history, a narrative about a special location and his beautiful words paint such evocative pictures that even if you are unfamiliar with the place, you can still picture it in your mind.

It wanders some subtle philosophical paths musing the transient nature of life but as before does so in a “take it or leave it” sort of fashion, these are just the thoughts on one man and you are free to do with them what you will. And musically we see the same deft framework as before, an acoustic guitar line backed up with an understated rhythm section, all of which leaves his rootsy and honey toned vocals front and centre. Another lovely track offered up to make you think about life, but doing so in a reflective and graceful manner. Actually, Grace, that is definitely the special ingredient in Sean’s songs and that is something that we need more of in the world today.

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