Labi Siffre – 1973 – For The Children
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A really wonderful album from singer/songwriter Labi Siffre – a set that has him exploring a few more righteous themes than before, but still mostly stepping along in that more compressed pop of his earliest albums!
The tunes are catchy, compelling, and done in that great blend of acoustic guitar and flanged-out vocals that made Siffre’s 70s work so great – a sound that’s slightly aligned with the groove of Gilbert O’Sullivan, but a bit more soul based overall. There’s a subdued sense of drama here on the best tunes – one that puts them over earnestly without going too far over the top – and slight electric touches spice things up a bit, and point towards funkier work to come.