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PEATBOG FAERIES - What Men Deserve To Lose

PEATBOG FAERIES   - What Men Deserve To Lose
Peatbog Records CDBOG003

A new CD from one of the top bands in Scotland is always something to look forward to. This is the Peatbog’s fifth album and is a follow up to the excellent ‘Croftwork’ of two years ago. I think it is fair to say that it marked a step up in the ambitiousness and intensity of the band’s music, and apparently reflected their live performances. I say apparently because unfortunately I have not caught them live, as they do not make the journey down from Skye into England too often - not surprisingly as their website Dates shows Alnwick as S.E. England!  It is no coincidence that they won the Best Live Act at the Scottish Trad Music Awards in that year, beating the likes of Old Blind Dogs and Bain And Cunningham.

But enough of the background: if you want any more info, biogs etc. look on their website.
What about their new offering ‘What Men Deserve To Lose’?  For me, my anticipation hasn’t been a waste of time. This is dance music at its best, driving rhythms and all that, whilst being a really good listen. They haven’t sat back on the success of their previous CD, but have strengthened even more. There seems to be more prominence given to the brass section which is again provided by The Wayward Boys. There are still some brilliantly worked introductions as well as lead instruments changing within tracks. I especially like the varied use of keyboards and jazz influenced percussion. There’s even a hint of vocals if you listen carefully.

No favourite tracks, just a good all round performance by one of Scotland’s finest. This is definitely one to annoy the neighbours as you just have to play it LOUD!! Can’t wait to see them live but guess I will have to!

Dave Beeby

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This album was reviewed in Issue 75 of The Living Tradition magazine.