‘A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart’ (Domino)
Following up the instrumental ‘If…’, Bill Ryder-Jones pulls out this fragile debut album proper. ‘A Bad Wind…’ proves the ex-Coral guitarist to be a skilled arranger with a keen eye for detail. This surprisingly assured collection of songs sounds like the work of a seasoned songwriter. The cathartic lyrics paint vivid pictures and emotional scenes throughout, while the grandeur of the compositions and stirring melodies lift the confessional bedroom ballads from potential despair to salvation. An intimate and very British release to cherish and hold close; it also happens to be one of the year’s best so far.