Woodenbox and a Fistful of Fivers – ‘Home and the Wild Hunt’ – Album review

https://i1.wp.com/files.list.co.uk/images/2008/12/17/woodenbox-with-a-fistful-of-fivers.jpgOriginally published: NME

“Two horns and a rhythm section – they’re the type of bands that I like best,” uttered Van Morrison of the Moondance sessions. And who’s to argue with an old dude that’s done it all? Woodenbox and a Fistful of Fivers certainly wouldn’t. The sextet’s home may be the pallid streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh, but their debut’s wild hunt sweeps the sun-drenched dust bowls of Van’s countrified folk influences. Ali ‘Woodenbox’ Downer’s wistful, witty and worldly-wise lyrical intonations bathe in his troupe’s radiant instrumentation. From the playfully advancing trumpet intro of ‘Twisted Mile’ to the horn-driven harmonies of ‘Fistful of Fivers’, their brass-augmented Americana is something of a sportive clarion call to a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. A simply wonderful debut. 7/10

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