The sparse arrangements allow Simon’s thought-provoking and literate lyrics to really make an impact with the listener.
Simon Hopper with Andee Price RESOLUTE LOVE Control-Shift Music ***1/2
This Irish-born but English-raised singer-songwriter has self-released five previous albums, but this latest effort is a little different. In the past he has recorded with a full band, this time though it is just Simon (vocals, mandolin, mandola) and Andee Price (vocals, double bass). They toured as a duo throughout 2010 and they’ve recreated the vibe of their gigs by recording live in the studio with the minimum of edits or overdubs. The sparse arrangements allow Simon’s thought-provoking and literate lyrics to really make an impact with the listener. Though stripped-bare, this pair create a full rhythmic sound especially on the vibrant love song Oh, Sally Ann and Solid Ground. There’s a softer, more delicate feel to The Cherry Blossom Song with wonderful harmonies. In fact Andee’s harmonies throughout add so much to this album, and her bass work is very inventive. British folk music with a slight American twist that brings a fresh contemporary edge to the genre.