36 Baptist Hospital by Boo Hewerdine 1996
Now isn't that a beautiful song (not so sure about the curtains)
I'm written quite a few posts on Boo Hewerdine and picking a favourite lp was always going to be a challenge. There are 2 types of Boo lp. There is the quieter more reflective , hushed folky ones and then there are the ones with fuller arrangements that mine the more pop seam.
Where as I love the reflective Boo, it is 2nd set that I keep going back to (nearly always featuring the fantastically inventive guitar playing of Neil MacColl)
Baptist Hospital is Boo's 2nd solo lp and released at a time when the record company may have still held out hope for a hit in his own name rather than as a songwriter for others.
For me it is the closest thing in a sound to a Bible lp , helped by the fact it includes a version of one song that his old band rejected which he ended up giving to Eddie Reader (Patience of Angels) and another of which a version appeared eventually on the much delayed 3rd Bible lp Dodo (Dreamlife)
However, the closets has more to do with the sound , which is why these 2 acoustic performances are a bit misleading. The guitars jangle a lot more on Baptist Hospital. His version of another of his songs that he gave to Eddi Reader bounces along with a Byrdsy backing.
If you listen to this lp and the Bible's Dodo together they could have been recorded in the same session, which is partly why this one gets the nod
Love Thieves - Boo Hewerdine
Song For a Friend - Boo Hewerdine
The one song that points to how his next lp would evolve is a gorgeous ache of a song
sometimes the thing that you love in the night
the morning will choose to regret
You can buy Baptist Hospital here