Surprise after surprise from Geordie Singer-Songwriter
As many of you reading this will no doubt know; it’s a tough life being a musician, especially Singer-Songwriters who don’t live in the Metropolis; but I’m glad many still persevere, otherwise I’d never have discovered this little gem from Tony Bengtsson.
Sadly I still ‘judge books by their covers’ and the artwork can colour my judgement before I’ve even heard a word; but Tony had my attention as soon as I unwrapped the professional looking cover and read the bits and bobs inside the gate fold sleeve.
Then of course, there is always the opening track which can influence my opinion – in this instance Liability left my flabber well and truly gasted! It’s a great song about the break up of a relationship with Bengtsson’s grizzled; but soft voice holding me captive and listening intently to every word until I was rooting for the guy by the end.
Tony appears to have had something of a checkered love life if his songs are anything to go by; but I’m pleased, because it means he gets to put his feelings down on paper; and in that respect he is a very talented man and lucky to be such a capable wordsmith.
Probably the finest song on the album, Rebecca could be about a lover or perhaps a child that he has to leave behind; but whichever it is the result is wonderful and well worth hearing.
Tony even does self-pity very well, with The Fire striking a raw nerve every time I hear it and It’s Wrong ploughs an odd furrow as the man refuses to go back to the woman as she only wants him because she’s ‘lonely.’ A very nice twist, I thought.
What more can you ask for? A very well produced album of well written songs that nicely straddle the Folk/Americana fence and the musicianship throughout is extraordinary, especially Dan Walsh on the banjo.
You can read the review here - www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/tony-bengtsson-snake-in-the-woodpile-cd