MUSIC - Nearly Unique, Tommy Loose, Independent Label

Singer/guitarist Tommy Loose has at last released his debut album Nearly Unique - eight years after starting work on it.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG160813-162TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120130816180354
Singer/guitarist Tommy Loose has at last released his debut album Nearly Unique - eight years after starting work on it. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG160813-162TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120130816180354
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Eight years in the making - and it was well worth it

If you missed Tommy Loose opening for Irish folk singer Cara Dillon at South Holland Centre in April or his own gig at the same venue two weeks ago, you can catch what you missed on his debut album Nearly Unique.

An eight-year project by the Wisbech-based singer-guitarist, interrupted by university and work, has finally been completed with support from his wife Suzi and daughter Poppy.

In fact, Poppy makes a guest appearance on Handshakes Are For Strangers with a dramatic but subtle cymbal accompaniment that adds variety to an acoustically-dominated album.

But that is no criticism because, played at the right time, Nearly Unique is a welcome addition to anyone’s music library.

Upbeat tracks like the opening Getting Into The Habit and Through Rose-Tinted Glasses sit comfortably with darker ones such as The Sun Cried The Seas and the finale Deep Breaths, one of just two tracks featuring Tommy’s harp-guitar.

The other is The Love I Keep a Secret, possibly the standout song on the whole album, along with bonus track Memories of Me which Tommy sings in memory of a friend.

Nearly Unique is worth it.

Review by Winston Brown