Take a Moment – Review by Geoff Howlett

TAKE A MOMENT

ISLAND IMAGE RECORDS, IIR004

Rating 8/10

Reveiwed by Geoff Howlett

Michael Harcus and his wife Christine live on the island of Westray, which is one of the northern isles in Orkney.

In 1998 he released his first album called “There Is”, and received invites to play in prisons, church’s and events. Since then, he’s toured Scotland regularly and now releases this latest CD.

The songs are unashamedly MOR, but there’s a certain quality contained within each. Also, Michael manages to squeeze the best sounds from each individual instrument such as the mandolin on “Love Didn’t Come Easy” and the guitars on “You Are God”.

Perhaps the most radio friendly track is the 60’s sounding “Never Walk Away”. It’s got a great hook, a catchy tune, and I was singing along almost immediately.

At times, Michael’s vocals remind me of James Taylor, with a warmth and quality, especially on “Keep Me From Falling – a shuffling type of song! It’s always pleasing to hear new British artists, and especially pleasing when they’re as bright as Michael Harcus.

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