Duncan Reid Little Big Head

Album Review By: Chris Mcdougall


Former Boys Bassist/singer Duncan Reid unleashes his debut solo effort and its a classic from the opening bars of ” The One” to the last cry of “Rolling On” this fits into the powerpop stylings of late 70’s through to the 80’s think The Plimsouls,The Three O’clock Americana and you get the drift.

Catchy themes are splattered¬† all over the place, songs such as “The One”, “Kelly’s Gone Insane”, “Shot in The Back” are all standout. We also get the darker ballads such as the heartfelt ‘”Too Late and “All Fall Down” bring a serious undertow to the proceedings.

If your gonna do a solo album write about what you know and here it is, the autobiography qualities of “77” and the epic “Rolling On” you get a sense of where Duncan Reid is from and where he’s been such as “Montevideo” and then he places himself in the shoes of somebody else in “Thinkin”. my personal fav is The Replacements-ish sounding “His Name” with lovely slide playing of Nigel Banks who is over this album playing acoustic to pedal steel awesome.

Produced by Tony Barber in a shed apart from Vom Ritchie’s drum parts and big shout out to James Stevenson guitar featured in a couple of numbers. I was fortunate enough to play as an opening act at his recent gig at The Buffalo Bar under The Famous Cock Pub in Islington,¬† and l have to say Duncan Reid and his band of stalwarts are a force to be reckoned with and if the next album includes this bunch of players then who knows where this will go.

This is a thoughtful opus and you need this in your collection as a famous Scottish Poet may have said “Aye Duncan Reid, “Cannae git im oot ma Heid”.


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