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Littlemen - It's a Beautiful Thing: Album review

West Country-based band Littlemen have long established themselves as a country-rock band and they return with their new album ‘It’s a Beautiful Thing.’

This album gives you a mix of chilled country music with quietly soothing drum beats, solo guitar crescendos and even the odd saxophone and violin.

Three of the tracks, ‘Walking’, ‘The First Time’ and ‘Obstacles’, focus on band lead Nick Allen and his struggles with his loss of movement and ability to walk since his motorcycle accident several years ago. From the tracks you get a real sense of the challenges that he has faced in his own life.

Littlemen: It's a Beautiful Day. Image supplied by Sonic PR.
Littlemen: It's a Beautiful Day. Image supplied by Sonic PR.

Look out for songs ‘Moving On’ and ‘Girl with The Red Blouse’ which bring gentle country-rock sounds that would be appropriate in a movie scene accompanying a person looking out on their Texan ranch.

At times ‘It’s a Beautiful Thing’ reminds me of Turin Brakes, Pink Floyd or The Eagles. On the surface it is a calming and relaxing album but dig a bit deeper and listen closely to the lyrics to discover a stronger message.

All songs were recorded at the famous NAM Studios which have housed KT Tunstall, Royal Blood and more.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Holly Barrett

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