90 Feather and Stone - Tom Baxter 2004
The early years if the century saw a rush of singer songwriters as record labels searched for the next David Gray / Jeff Buckley and threw money at people who at another time may have kept on struggling in obscurity
There are some great lps from that time and one of the best is Tom Baxter's debut Feather and Stone. He could do the big emotional ballads with sweeping strings. However thankfully what separated him from the James Blunts of the period was a much more imaginative use of arrangements and a lack of saccharine in the lyrics.
The whole set of songs seem to tell a coming of age story (or maybe I'm reading too much into it as usual)
The lp mixes quiet ballads , lighter aloft moments with more straight forward pop songs all backed by some of the best string arrangements I'd heard in an age
Under the Thumb - Tom Baxter
There are a couple of times when ambition gets the best of him and the song doesn't quite pull it off but rather that than a couple of play it safe fillers.
Not unique at all , just better than most and even if you think I've heard this all before it is worth digging deeper
you can buy Feather and Stone here