The Landed Gentry

The Landed Gentry
Release Date: 2015-04-01
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Album Review

My top unexpected discovery of recent months is Lyle Christine, whose seventh - yes, seventh - album in eight years, The Landed Gentry, is available from download sites and his own website ( Written, recorded and released through his own solo efforts in Glasgow, this is impressively complex but catchy music, not just in terms of the arrangements, which might set psych-folk vocals against rock guitar and hip hop beats, but in structure, as any given song might leap off in an entirely different direction without prior notice.

His sense of balance is tremendous: balance of acoustic and electric, of folksy waft and heavy rock distortion, of loose lyrics and tight beats. In local terms I'd count him in the cool crowd with Jonnie Common and Adam Stafford, but The Landed Gentry is so inventive in its capricious genre mix that Beck was the first name that came to mind.
- Alan Morrison, The Herald