Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- BIRDS OF WALES -- Belgravia Hotel

BELGRAVIA HOTEL
Birds of Wales
Sparks Music
9-out-of-10

When you see a band which states on its MySpace page it is from Toronto and Vancouver, and then lists its music as indie / folk rock / regional Mexican you immediately wonder exactly what you might be listening too.
Well folks you get a rather intriguing musical sound, and you hear that immediately with the opening song My Lady In July. It’s a love song that I know belongs to those special women out there, like my wife Dixie. Yes a selfless plug, but she deserves it. We men often don’t tell them that enough. I know that is the case with me, and this is a little something for the special lady.
But back to Belgravia Hotel. The music is often moving, and the vocals of Morgan Cameron Ross are powerful in the level of emotion he puts into songs such as Uninteresting, another beautiful song from the Birds of Wales.
Actually the Birds have a knack for lyrics which are filled with love and heart-tugging lyrics. Winter Reminds Me of You is another song which could be an anthem for love lost. Cameron Ross is the songwriter too, and it’s a sure bet he loved, lost and felt the lost deeply -- we all seem to end up there sometime -- and he captured it in this song.
Emotionally the Birds of Wales do ask the listener to invest, but then again that is what good music is supposed to do.
Belgravia Hotel is for rainy days, and the longing of love. For such occasions it’s perfect.
Check them out www.birdsofwales.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 23, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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