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Album Review

Before listening to A Larum, it's worth noting that the album's cover is misleading as far as giving credit where it's due. Despite being under the name of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and lyricist Johnny Flynn, it would be unfair to deem this as a solo effort, given that he is the frontman for the South London folk group the Sussex Wit. The band is a collection of talented individuals in their own right, and they do more on A Larum than simply providing an aural backdrop for Flynn's witticisms. Rather, it quickly becomes clear that the Wit's intricate, meandering rhythms and melodies are a fitting complement to Flynn's straightforward delivery, augmenting lyrics that would also function as poetry outside of a musical setting. Songs such as "Tickle Me Pink" demand active listening (especially when lines like "Tickle me pink and rosy as a flushed red apple skin/Except I've never been as sweet" float by on breezily mischievous melodies), and such playfulness is hardly an anomaly here. In fact, it's far more rare to find tunes on A Larum that don't quite hit the mark, though slower numbers like "Brown Trout Blues" do have a tendency to drag. Fortunately, the bulk of the album is geared toward both Flynn's and the Wit's strengths — gently rollicking tunes, engaging lyrics, warm vocal harmonies (courtesy of percussionist Matt Edmonds and Lillie Flynn), and well-timed instrumental interludes featuring horns (Johnny Flynn, Johnathan Salzman), strings (Johnny Flynn once again, with Joe Zeitlin), and the occasional pair of spoons (thanks to Artis the "Spoonman"). The tangible intimacy between Flynn and his group makes A Larum not only an introduction, but also captures the gentle, amicable nature that makes them such an inviting and satisfying listen.

Customer Reviews

Best album i've heard in a long time

well, Johnny flynn has produced an absolute gem of a debut. Backed by his band The Sussex Wit, Flynn has produced a genuinely charming album of folk songs, full of witty lines which are only backed by Johnnys great voice. The album features previous singles The Box, Leftovers and Tickle Me Pink, which have had reworkings, but after a few listens i love The Box as much as i loved the single version. Personal highlights for me are: 1. Leftovers 2. The Wrote & The Writ 3. The Box 4. Eyeless In Holloway 5. Hong Kong Cemetry Although these five are probbaly my favourites after a few listens i can't find a single bad song on this album. All i can say is buy it really, for fans of Johnny Flynn, Noah and The Whale or Laura Marling, or just listeners who can appreciate good music and excellent lyrics!

sweet acoustic love!!!

With this album you can just imagine yourself sitting in the middle of a green field on a hot summers day and this album playing in the background which i feel makes a good album. Thanks to his backing band the sussex wit it gives his songs an essence which his earlier recordings did not have. Best song by far is Tickle me Pink!

So good I lost my girlfriend.

Obviously Leftovers and The Box were chosen as singles as they are the least folky and most accessible to a wider "alternative" audience. Well they certainly got me on that score. I played those two tracks so much on repeat that my girlfriend pulled the plug off the player. But by then I'd learnt the words. And now I can't stop singing them, she's left me for good. JF's modern update on classic folk took me right back to listening to my dad play at the Poynton Folk Club. His lyrics are witty, and there's just something exceptionally endearing about the way the sometimes sad news is delivered on this record. I don't know whether it's record of the year, but it's 5 gold stars for what they've achieved.


Born: London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An actor, poet, and Americana-styled songwriter, Johnny Flynn was initially a member of British folk group the Sussex Wit before moving up to become the group's frontman. As would befit someone with such a varied artistic background, Flynn cited both W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare as influences, as well as musicians such as John Fahey, Vaughan Williams, and Langhorne Slim. Flynn's debut album, A Larum (recorded with the Sussex Wit but credited with his name), was released in 2008 on Vertigo Records in...
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