Review: Thom Swift – The Legend of Roy Black (Independent)

ThomSwiftTheLegendOfRoyBlackAlbumCoverNow more than two decades into a storied music career, the latest record from celebrated New Brunswick native Thom Swift sees the acclaimed writer move away from the gritty nature of his 2013 effort The Fortunate Few into somewhat sunnier climes. Anchored by his distinctive baritone vocals, The Legend of Roy Black sees Swift strip down the musical proceedings down to acoustic guitar and bass, along with some nice touches of mandolin, violin and pedal steel. John Hiatt’s album Crossing Muddy Waters is a somewhat recent reference point for fans wanting an idea of what they are getting into, but make no mistake – Swift’s buoyant spirit and superior songcraft abilities take centre stage throughout The Legend of Roy Black. Album highlights include “My Girl,” “Simpler Times,” and the defiant tone struck on “I Don’t Know.”