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With his lyrical wit and elegant sense of melody intact, Gerry Rafferty combines mature wisdom with a youthful sense of wonder in these tracks, echoing the folk/pop sensibility that made both his work with Stealers Wheel and his early solo efforts so appealing. A distinctly mystical bent can be heard amidst the African tribal rhythms of “Children of the Sun” and the Celtic-blues ambiance of “All Souls.” “Everyone’s a refugee,” Rafferty declares in “The Land of the Chosen Few,” underscoring the restless spirit running through the album. While heavy themes manifest themselves in many of these songs, the album also encompasses everything from luminous lullabies (“Xavier & Honor”) to sly show-biz putdowns (“Whose House is It Anyway”). As in the past, Rafferty goes for an eclectic mix of sounds, invoking vintage Dylan on “Conscious Love,” tapping into an Caribbean feel on “Metanoia” and taking a jazzy stroll on “Keep It to Yourself.” Reaching back, he revives his Stealers Wheel tune “You Put Something Better Inside of Me” as a soulful, dark-burnished ballad.


Born: 16 April 1947 in Paisley, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Gerry Rafferty was a popular music giant at the end of the '70s, thanks to the song "Baker Street" and the album City to City. His career long predated that fixture of Top 40 radio, however; indeed, by the time he cut "Baker Street" Rafferty had already been a member of two successful groups, the Humblebums and Stealers Wheel. Rafferty was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1947, the son of a Scottish mother and an Irish father. His father was deaf but still enjoyed singing, mostly Irish rebel songs,...
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