Conway Savage NME Review

24 09 2009

This ran a wee while ago in NME, so here’s a reprint. Oh and pick up this week’s NME for my verdict on the surprisingly tuneful Funeral for a Friend Best Of.

CONWAY SAVAGE

LIVE IN IRELAND

(COUNTRY GENT RECORDS)

7/10

Recorded in County Leitrim, Nick Cave’s tweed clad ivory tinkler Conway Savage continues to carve out a solo career with his latest offering ‘Live In Ireland’ and it’s a record that’s a flawed yet fantastic snapshot of his often erratic performances. To paraphrase Bowie, Savage’s voice is a bit like sand and glue. He may not be blessed with the purest set of pipes, but his quivering, piano led renditions of songs off his last four albums suit his ragged, whiskey soaked voice perfectly. Highlights include the waltzing ‘Cruel Trick’ and ‘Que Sera Sera’ and despite making the odd cock-up along the way the fluffed notes only add the intimacy. All in all, it looks like this Bad Seed has made good. Edwin McFee

DOWNLOAD: ‘Que Sera Sera’