November 11, 2011
Album review: Bill Ryder-Jones - 'If...'
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8 / 10 Alex T, Noel G and Graham C are among those who have gusted praise towards former [a]The Coral[/a] guitarist [a]Bill Ryder-Jones[/a], 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 [i]The Snowman[/i] soundtrack than the early Scouse-psych of his old gang. Still, he wields the [b]Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra[/b] as deftly as he did his spliff-stained six-string – you can’t help thinking that if he’d never left [a]The Coral[/a] they’d have made their ‘[b]Ladies And Gentlemen…[/b]’ rather than their ‘[b]The La’s[/b]’ (again) for the last outing.
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