Hunting The Heart
Pete Morton has the uncanny knack of sounding familiar yet different all at once. He'll introduce Dylanesque elements, then a touch of Richard Thompson, but all the way through there will be no mistaking his rich voice, his deceptively simple guitar accompaniment, his warm, deep arrangements, his fine song selection. You know where Morton has come from, the real pleasure is following him along his chosen path.
His last album was basically a collection of traditional songs, but this time he plunges headlong into his own material; nine songs are written by Morton, one co-written with Bing Lyle, and one from the immortal Ben Jonson. He presents this with a compact ensemble; Morton's guitar and singing, along with fiddler Tom McConville and two members of the Welsh band, Fernhill: Julie Murphy, who provides some beautiful vocals, and Andy Cutting on accordion.
Julie Murphy adds full-bodied accompaniments, at times blues-like, at times with the purity of a chorister, using unexpected harmonies that perfectly balance Morton's emotional voice. Although a strummed guitar is the main accompaniment, a weeping fiddle emphasizes a plea here, a dancing accordion sweeps you through a waltz there, promoting the voices to perfection.
"Drink To Me Only" is 5:15 long, yet only has four lines followed by a few la-las, repeated three times with an instrumental break. "Hunting the Heart" lasts an incredible nine and a half minutes. I found myself thinking: Padding! Self-indulgence! But already, by the second time through, the length of songs had ceased to distract me as I found myself drawn deeply into his world. He may occasionally remind me of Tom Waits, Eric Bogle and others, but this is Pete Morton, no doubt. As he says in one song: "they'll never clone people like this in a million years." Pete Morton is one-of-a-kind. - Jamie O'Brien
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