January 30, 2014
Mark McGuire - 'Along The Way'
A captivating and nourishing listen from the ex-Emeralds manMore on Various Artists
7 / 10 Ex-Emeralds man Mark McGuire’s latest solo record is intended as “an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind”, he writes in the liner notes, though it never stumbles upon any particularly surprising or challenging territory. But although his mission proves futile, he approaches it with a curiosity of spirit that makes ‘Along The Way’ a captivating and nourishing listen, less noodly than his early solo releases and more in the vein of the composerly streak exhibited on 2011’s ‘Get Lost’. It starts with ‘Awakening’, a sleepy meditation where the world seems to come into focus, acted out by intricate strings and ambient tinkling, before journeying through bucolic loops that conjure peaceful Chinese gardens and into the darker, swarming grind usually associated with his old band. Laura Snapes
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