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Luke Ritchie – The Water’s Edge

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Luke Ritchie – The Water’s Edge

Posted on 24 November 2011 by Joe

Luke Ritchie’s ‘The Water’s Edge’ is the result of persistence and a lot of hard work. After his first EP deal fell through he went through a six month period of recording a song a week and creating a series of podcasts, which by the time he had finished, had resulted in 8,500 downloads. The podcasts attracted the attention of leading names in the industry and led Ritchie to being put in touch with Nico Muhly, a classical composer who composed pieces for five of the songs on this
album.

‘The Water’s Edge’ is a good demonstration of London based Ritchie’s song writing ability, combined with the beautiful arrangements of Nico Muhly. The general feel of the album is melancholic, largely owing to Ritchie’s emotional voice which is his strength, but there are more uplifting songs on the album which prevent it from being too dark.

The opening song ‘The Lighthouse’ includes pieces composed by Muhly as well as the backing vocals of Jazz vocalist of the year nominee, Nia Lynn. Here Ritchie and Lynn’s voices are perfectly harmonised giving Ritchie’s even more depth than it already has.

The second song on the album, ‘Shanty’ is more upbeat with more of a folk-like feel, however there is an underlying anger in the song and an air of insincerity in the line ‘Hope your safe, Hope your sound’.

Ritchie’s musical ability is demonstrated in ‘Off Your Guard’ with delicate guitar playing and vocals that build the atmosphere of the song. The same can be said for ‘Looking Glass and ‘Right then and there’ which give the album an atmospheric feel which Ritchie’s voice lends itself to well.

‘Song to Sundays’ finishes the album on a lighter note musically and the title gives a good indication as to the feel of the song.

This album is accomplished in terms of instrumental, vocal and lyrical ability, however it lacks a theme or a real direction that could be down to something as simple as the order of the songs. Despite this, one should not take away from the fact that the songs are well written, and Ritchie’s passion for music should be aptly rewarded.

5/10

By Danny Foy

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