Artist: Derek King
Reviewer: Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
When Sometimes becomes an occasion, then it takes on a completely different meaning. As Sometimes is oft to do, the spirit of it can quickly transform in to a full blown opportunity, from the odd visit from a loved one to your door, to the day in which the occasion is celebrated with a mutual pact of understanding and genuine affection, Sometimes can manifest and transform into an occasion.
For Derek King, a man who normally puts his musical appreciation and knowledge into the fine art of helping others get noticed, K’s Choice’s being an optimum example of how the musician works for the benefit of others, to bring together a collection of his own songs in one delightful album is just a mouth watering prospect to sit down and while away in the gentleness of the event.
Aided by some of Liverpool’s finest, Jon Lawton, the exquisite Stephanie Kearley with a fantastic string arrangement and the compelling SheBeat providing a genuinely interesting female backing voice to the songs, Sometimes is to be seen as timeless, tangible and beyond the frailties of fashion. It is a set of songs that breathe existence because they are written with honest endeavour and the seeking of personal experience, there is no fluff, no concept of unwarranted desire in the tracks, just a simple purity that is hard to shake.
The ten songs cover all aspects of living within the shell of the flesh and blood, the skin in which we have been placed in, the frivolity of damned existence and tracks such as To Be A Boy, the precision of Villainess, the smashing Beautiful in Blue, in which is hard to not get caught up in the direct appeal of the song, Demons and the album closer, the twisting in the gut and the kick in the teeth of how a particular time in history was demonised and made honest hard working ordinary people to be the ones that took the blame in the excellent The Price of Coal, all are to welcomed, to be saved.
For Derek King, his K’s collection of songs stand out for what they give to others, in Sometimes, the songs give so much pleasure because the sheer honesty in the man comes bounding out of the album and greets the listener with arms wide open. Such is the joy, such is the set of songs to be explored; Sometimes that’s all that is needed.
Review © 2015 Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision
original article here – republished with kind permission
Derek will be launching ‘Sometimes’ in a joint event with Denis Parkinson’s album launch on Friday 10th April at Sound Food and Drink in a free event from 8.00pm. Further details on Facebook.
website – derekking.co.uk
facebook – facebook.com/Derek.King.Music
twitter – @derekcking
Album review: Derek King – Sometimes
Ian D. Hall was brought up in Birmingham and spent the vast majority of his teenage years in Bicester, near Oxford. He grew up loving music from a very early years. In the last ten years Ian has written reviews for the Birmingham Evening Mail, Liverpool Live, Chris High and the University of Liverpool’s L.S. Media web site. For the last year of his graduate degree he was joint Arts Editor for L.S. Media and it has been his privilege to write on many of the arts in Liverpool, Merseyside, the U.K. and the rest of the World, having reviewed gigs as far as away as Poland and Canada. Liverpool has been his home for the last eight years and is without doubt the most vibrant, most cultural part of the UK. His love of music and theatre has led him to see great bands and plays, not just in Liverpool but the wider artistic community. His dearest music loves are Punk, Progressive Rock, Metal, Rock, folk and pop. Ian D. Hall graduated from the University of Liverpool in June 2012 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. He now edits the Liverpool Sound and Vision website.
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