- Kenny Mathieson
- 16 August 2007
What Men Deserve to Lose
The title of the Skye-based band’s fifth album is a reference to the fairy lore of the island, but there is nothing ethereal or otherwordly about their high-impact delivery. If the full effect of their storming Celtic dance music is best felt live and direct in a sweaty venue, the band’s music is also intricately layered and skillfully arranged.
The extended instrumentation, taking in Peter Morrison’s pipes, Adam Sutherland’s fiddle, Tom Salter’s guitar, Graeme Stafford’s keyboards, Rick Taylor’s trombone, Innes Hutton’s pumping bass and Iain Copeland’s driving drumming, with trumpet, saxes, mandola, banjo and programming thrown in, guarantees ample sonic and textural variation within their densely interwoven soundscape. Their jaunty, insistent melodies are driven along on a sustained high-energy rhythm track that never lets up, overlaid with fully-integrated borrowings from jazz, rock, reggae, and anything else that takes their fancy.