John McKeown: Fade Away (single)

~ Monday, 17 August 2009
The debut single from London born songwriter John McKeown is a slice of folk pop that has shades of Nick Drake and Roy Harper about it, mainly in his voice and phrasing, but struggles to come close to their brilliance.

Fade Away is inoffensive enough, radio friendly even, but the arrangement goes nowhere and certainly does not stand up to repeated listening. This is the kind of pedestrian muzak foisted on us over 10 years ago by Chris De Burgh and Joan Armatrading.

It is difficult to see this doing anything other than filling the bargain bins in HMV.