Album Review: Roddy Woomble – The Impossible Song & Other Songs

by Katherine


Roddy Woomble – he of Scottish post-punks Idlewild gone folk – is back. After 2006’s graceful solo debut ‘My Secret Is My Silence’, ‘The Impossible Song’ marks his second venture into banjodom. And there’s charming moments abound – ‘Make Something Out Of What It’s Worth’ putters along balmily, like Damien Rice at his most sedate, the skittering fiddle reels of ‘Hour After Hour’ are endearingly natty, while ‘Roll Along’ features ritzy piano and peppy horns. The album occasionally veers into dead-eyed gift-shop-rock territory (health warning: ‘Work Like You Can’ features pan pipes) but all in all this is a distinctly lovely affair.

6/10

Download: ‘Make Something Out Of What It’s Worth’

Published in NME Magazine.

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