An album so rootsy it’s basically just thistles rubbing against a cow’s leg

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Album Review: Johnny Flynn - 'Been Listening' (Transgressive)

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Album Review: Johnny Flynn – ‘Been Listening’ (Transgressive)

Like our new coalition, [b]Johnny Flynn[/b]’s [b]‘Been Listening’[/b]. What has he heard? Mainly the greedy chomp of [b]Mumford & Sons[/b] scoffing the harvest he sewed two years ago with his [b]‘A Larum’[/b] album. More of [b]James Yorkston[/b]’s back-catalogue. A far-off echo of [b]The Delgados[/b]. Stuff so rootsy it’s basically just thistles rubbing against a cow’s leg. Could he be about to striking it big in the New Roots Revolution? Yes, for this is the sort of elegantly etched yet pointless, fusting, tippy-toes barn-dance of hayseed fakery that sums up that whole tiresome movement. [b]Laura Marling[/b] has a guest-vox!

[b]Gavin Haynes[/b]

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