Stephen Jacques has a great way of making his songs sound slightly ragged and raw around the edges. Some of that has to do with the production of the record, the fact that he avoids overproduction and doesn’t fill his songs with sonic clutter just to fill the gaps. But mainly it is that wonderful voice of his.

If I say that it isn’t what you call a technically great voice, he should take it as a compliment, for what it does have is character, in the same way that the likes of Cohen and Waits have character, and it is character that counts above all. Character equities to a life lived, experienced gain, to worldly wisdom. You can’t teach that.

Send Them Love sees him lean into to a more folk-rock sound than some of his previous offerings but the space that this allows him allows the emotion and narrative of the sweet story he has to tell that makes it the perfect vehicle.

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