Monday, November 2, 2009

Richie Syrett: Back to the Future

Some people are lactose intolerant. I am nails-on-a-blackboard-vocals intolerant. Took me a while to get into Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and other unconventional voices - now they are among my favorites.

Richie Syrett, troubadour from Manchester, England doesn't take any getting used to. Like Chris Isaacs, his gorgeous voice - greatly aided by reverb galore - recalls singers like Roy Orbison and Ricky Nelson, but still manages to sound 21st century.

The Nightfly's favorite track: "Slipping": Richie hopping in the time machine and meeting up with Roy and Ricky.