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Album review: Bill Ryder-Jones - 'If...'

A surprisingly guitar-free instrumental album

  • Release Date 14 Nov, 2011
  • Record Label Domino
  • Fact This album is a musical adaptation of Italo Calvino's 1979 novel 'If On A Winters Night A Traveler'
8 / 10
Alex T, Noel G and Graham C are among those who have gusted praise towards former The Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, who’s been hailed the best British guitarist of his generation. So it’s a surprise of sorts to see him emerge after four years in the Wirral wilderness with a largely guitar-free, mainly instrumental solo album that’s stylistically closer to The Snowman soundtrack than the early Scouse-psych of his old gang. Still, he wields the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as deftly as he did his spliff-stained six-string – you can’t help thinking that if he’d never left The Coral they’d have made their ‘Ladies And Gentlemen…’ rather than their ‘The La’s’ (again) for the last outing.

Jamie Fullerton

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