Norman Lamont - Roadblock (4 stars)

Norman Lamont - Roadblock

(Habibi Records)


Ayrshire-born, Edinburgh-based maverick, Norman (pot-pourri poet, not prickly politician!), could be Scotland’s answer to Leonard Cohen, albeit with a wicked sense of irony.

Third album, the reflective Roadblock, sees the former Hungry Ghosts singer come of age, throwing sombre songwriting (example ‘Dorothy’s Book’) into the baby’s blues-tinted bathwater alongside the cod-reggae of ‘I’ll Be Back’.Whether Cohen-esque, comic-esque or credit-crunch-esque (£2 a time to see him!), Lamont trades bundles of doom and despair from a heartfelt perspective and is well worth a punt.

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