Fans of Scottish pop/rockers Trashcan Sinatras will certainly be familiar with John Douglas. They will also be familiar with quite a number of songs on his self-titled solo album. Here, Douglas goes completely acoustic with no overdubs, covering some of the songs he did with the band, but also covering another Scottish favorite, Prefab Sprout, giving a glimpse where he will go from here.
As he explains, “I’ve often been encouraged by friends over the years to make a solo album, but the timing or inclination didn’t flow. Last year — out of nowhere — everything suddenly felt right and the process was quick and natural. Mark just set the mics up and I played my songs. No other musicians or overdubs. Me and my guitar. That way, I became the songs and they became me. The finished record, though varied in song styles, has a mood to it… it’s warm, thoughtful and quiet.. as I generally aspire to be.
And to repeat his words – warm, thoughtful and quiet. Oh, and it works.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN DOUGLAS – JOHN DOUGLAS