Never Can Tell Review – Leeds Music Promotions


Monday, October 08, 2012

As soon as you hear the first notes from this finger-picking stylist, you are hooked on a journey which takes you to a destination, which couples the feel of old-time playing, with lyrics of modern references perfectly.  The stories told, especially with the vocal support from the excellent Tessa Smith on “Never Can Tell”, “Unmade Bed” and my favourite track of the album, the brilliant “We’ll Settle Down Someday”  make the even most mundane parts of everyday life interesting.  David has the talent to switch from poignant lyrics, to foot-tapping tracks which have you grabbing your acoustic “air” guitar at every opportunity, as is the case with “Congress Street” and the great finale “Too Late” , add a gentler acoustic track with “On The West Coast” and the traditional songs “John Henry”, “Pretty Polly” and “Wreck of the Old 97” and you have one of the most rounded, genuine albums I have heard in a very very long time.  Having already performed in London, Paris, Memphis and Chicago, David’s star is shining brightly, and will continue to do so with the release of an album which will surely be hailed as a “classic” for many years to come.  “Never Can Tell” is a credit to himself and the musicians involved, described in one word……………… CLASS.

Paul Abraham