I supose you’ve got to be pretty confident in your ability to call an album ‘Beautiful Guitars’ but when you’re as talented as Mark Nevin, well, you can get away with it.
Like me, many of you will not have heard of this special singer/songwriter... but when I tell you he wrote and performed on Fairground Attraction’s 1987 super hit Perfect, you’ll know he’s got good pedigree.
He also wrote with Morrissey on two of his best albums and worked with David Bowie and Kirsty MacColl.
But here, on his third solo album, Nevin takes centre stage, combining six new songs with five fresh interpretations from his back catalogue.
The album opens beautifully with the vibrant Love=Love=Love, which leads on to the title track, setting the tone for a work celebrating the guitar as a symbol of hope and tranformation.
For me, however, the stand-out track is ‘Just In Time (To Be Too Late)’ – a bitter but victorious rebuke to a former lover.
Perfect is on here too, but a very different version, and the beautiful ‘Let’s Make Hay’ would be a hit in anydecade.
By Jeremy Ransome – 8/10