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Review: 'TYE, CHRIS'
'Stronger In Numbers'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: 'April 2017'

Our Rating:
This Birmingham-based singer-songwriter's second album (funded by Pledgemusic) is full of gentle, melodic tunes and features guest spots from other West Midlands' artists.

For what he calls "urban folk music", John Martyn, Neil Young and, you guessed it, Bob Dylan are named as influences. Yet, although the tunes may have been conceived in a city the music is more pastoral than gritty.

The album title comes from the recognition that we function best when our loved ones are close at hand. This fact was brought home to Tye in sad circumstances after losing a close friend to cancer.

There are no great revelations to be gained from these thoughts but a reminder of some basic home truths is still welcome. Making and giving time to others may not be a revolutionary notion but that doesn't make it any less important.

Tye's soft voice suits the mood as do the unfussy arrangements and tasteful orchestration overseen by producer and long-time collaborator Michael Clarke.

Best entry points are the opening Feature Fight (see video), the title track or No Sing, a break up song he co-wrote with Jo Hamilton.

Perhaps best of all though is the beautiful and poignant piano ballad Death By Indifference.

Stronger In Numbers is a record that is easy to pass by but one that's worth finding time for.

Chris Tye's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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TYE, CHRIS - Stronger In Numbers