A Review of Martin Hutchinson's CD
"Water From A Stone"

"Water From A Stone"
by Martin Hutchinson

Indie label ­ Hutch 003
Copyright: Martin Hutchinson 2002.

This review is written by Dai Woosnam, daigress@hotmail.com, 2/04

This is the third solo CD from this Irishman who now resides in Utrecht, Netherlands. Judging from his photograph, Martin Hutchinson seems a real “broth of a boy”! And he sings like he is one too, in his spectacularly unadulterated Irish accent. Indeed, when you put the whole thing together, I have to say that he gives one the impression of someone who could start a fight in an empty room.

But don't take that as hostile criticism. Seldom has a voice and persona better fitted the material.

All the songs are his, excepting the closing Big Bill Broonzy number. Their common theme is “matters of the heart” ­ in one case LITERALLY, in “Dirty Rotten Traitor” my favourite track - and Hutchinson gives the whole thing total commitment. You might say he puts his HEART into it.

This is a bluesy, gutsy album. If you are an aficionado of the “No Prisoners Taken Division” of the Folk Rock movement, then this is the album for you. Lots of attack from his vocals, and some gifted playing from some fine session men, though none of their contributions trump Hutchinson's splendid electric guitar and dobro playing.

The lyrics all make sense, and occasionally rhyme. That said, I doubt if the songs will be covered by many other performers. Why not? Are they somehow lacking?

No, that is not the right question. The fact is that the songs are personal to Hutchinson, and what is more, are all part of a whole here. You see they lend themselves to his positive vocals, and provide the perfect vehicle for the high quality session men to go to town on.

It is an album not to reflect on, so much as let your hair down to: the album with which to celebrate the end of the working week, and thus welcome the start of the weekend.

Dai Woosnam
Grimsby, England

Track List:(no timings shown)

All songs by Martin Hutchinson, except the last title.

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