Colin Clyne has been fairly successful in the past number of years having won Best Acoustic Act at the San Diego Music awards and opened for the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The Never Ending Pageant is the latest studio album from the Scottish folk rocker following his 2010 release, Doricana.
This album opens up with a lively number in ‘Merry Go Round’. It carries the sound of a classic folk rock anthem with a catchy chorus and some neat little breaks between choruses and verses, as well as some fairly engaging lyrics, particularly in the bridge. It’s quite a solid opening track and does a decent job of encouraging you to keep listening.
It must be said that Clyne’s style has some uniqueness about it. He is a folk singer but perhaps there’s a little more going on here, hints of rock, pop and there is a definite Celtic flavour to a lot of his music. There are certainly elements of Dylan in a number of tracks here, including the title track of the album. ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ may begin with an intro akin to ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ but the lyrics suggest it’s quite a personal song and in spite of any similarities it remains quite distinct and as such is enjoyable in its own right.
‘Playing God’ is my highlight for this album simply because it’s the one which stuck in my mind the most. Clyne clearly has talent; we know this from his past accolades and achievements. This album only further proves his credentials as a very strong folk artist but this song in particular demonstrates best that he can bring that little bit more to the table. It still has clear elements of folk but there’s a little bit of grunge or post-rock in there too and it sounds great.
All in all this is a very solid collection of songs making it a good album. It’s worthy of a listen, especially if folk/country/Americana is your thing. At times it can seem a little repetitive though and some of the tracks, such as ‘Doin’ Fine’ fail to stick in the memory for too long. It’s a very well-produced and well put together album but I just feel as though it’s lacking in that something that would make it a great album. A fine effort though.