Okay i know that i did a review of this LP in July but to be fair at that point it was more of an aspirational thing insofar as i only had one track to listen to. Back in August there was a second track promo'd from the set - Katchi featuring the vocals of Leon Bridges. Both are fecking excellent so by the time the release date approached i was, as you would expect, kind of eager to get the wax onto my turntable and experience this third long player from Waterhouse and co. As the release date is 30th of September i am more than happy that the LP landed to me a day early (believe me but little things like that are surefire ways to make a Dublin Autumn morning into something special). What you have here is an astounding collection of mid century rhythm and blues with a smidgen of jazz, latin and rock and roll. With so many ingredients you would be forgiven for thinking that this is a dogs dinner of an LP but Waterhouse has his sound and style nailed down so tight that theres no danger of any misplaced steps. The RnB tinged rockers are well represented here and interestingly a cover of Dylans 'Baby, i'm in the mood for you' is rendered in the spirit of the Dion version rather than the country blues of Dylan....but with a little added NW thrown into the mix giving it a swinging old time spiritual tone. And that I guess is the difference with what NW is doing. He's not rehashing or repackaging that which has gone before, that would be seen through very very quickly by listeners and in my opinion i don't think that NW would allow that of himself such is his love of this music. There are 10 tracks on this set and to my mind any of those could get their own release on single such is the strength of each individual track. If i was pushed to pick a favourite i would have to plump for the seven and a half minutes of Stanyan Street a bluesy, smoky prowler with Waterhouses aching vocals descriptive of waiting for that girl in that place. Don't get me wrong the rockers are his usual prime quality but this one is just ooomph!
All in all a cracker of an LP and Waterhouse continues to surprise and delight. Head over to Innovative Leisure or to bandcamp to throw your money down and secure your copy.
Never Twice is released September 30th 2016