Various Artists: Ballads Of The Book
Rockers and writers team up for mixed bag
This pet project of Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble (see page 29 for more on him) pairs lyrics by Scottish writers with music by Scottish musicians. A pretension minefield, and sadly, many have indeed decided that their interpretations should be conducted with Arran-jumpered, po-faced seriousness. If they ever make earnestness a professional sport, Aereogramme alone will ensure Scotland are world champions at something other than elephant polo. Most successful are the songs that throw respect to the wind and make the words their own, such as Sons And Daughters with AL Kennedy, or Malcolm Middleton and Alan Bissett. A page-turner, if not Booker shortlist material.