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

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

Like our new coalition, Johnny Flynn’s ‘Been Listening’. What has he heard? Mainly the greedy chomp of Mumford & Sons scoffing the harvest he sewed two years ago with his ‘A Larum’ album. More of James Yorkston’s back-catalogue. A far-off echo of The Delgados. 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. Laura Marling has a guest-vox!

Gavin Haynes

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5 / 10

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