Album of the Day: Bert Jansch, “From the Outside”

Originally published with Bandcamp on June 14, 2016.

A talented songwriter can add nuance into even the simplest tune. So while Bert Jansch’s classic 1985 album From the Outside may not have an array of bells and whistles, its songs are full of great, small moments.

The album’s 15 tracks tackle a range of themes, running from relationships to political fare, like “Shout.” Jansch performs most of them using only his trademark guitar style, with its unusual chord voicing and added notes, and his voice (album-opener “Sweet Rose” swaps in a banjo, bridging the gap between his native Scotland and the Americana he invokes).

[Full article available at Bandcamp.]

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