You probably know what to expect from a Brooks Williams album these days, but while he has long since stopped surprising anyone, he still delivers his warmhearted, compassionate folk music in grand style. With the voice of a young James Taylor, Williams’s singing is so calm you’d think the whole world was at peace with itself. Always a stronger interpreter than a songwriter, it’s a pleasure to note that four of the album’s ten tracks are covers. Roddy Frame’s “Birth of the True” and Dougie MacLean’s “She Loves Me (When I Try)” are both beautifully rendered . Not that he’s a slouch at writing himself. “Unexpected Rose” makes a good case for that, a pastoral McCartney ballad that’s easily one of Williams’s best compositions.
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