THERE’S a tour starting in April and at least one date, if not more, really does belong in your diary. It combines the enduring talents of Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes, reunited with the essential simplicity of two guitars and two voices. To hear a touch of the magic this coming together will generate, listen to the EP Reunited – it’s simply gorgeous.
Friends for nearly 50 years, Barbara and Rab have, with Reunited, chosen a short collection that represents songs they love and musical directions they’ve explored together and separately over the years. Aside from the obvious gems on offer, this recording reflects the presence of the lasting relationship between these two outstanding artists, and blends some well-chosen songs into one seriously superb EP.
The epitome of the term eclectic, Reunited adds different depths to some familiar songs. It moves effortlessly between the bluesy ‘Do right woman’ from Barbara’s debut solo album, through Rab leading on the caustic observations of ‘(Don’t say) Money doesn’t matter’ to Barbara’s entreating ‘The same sky’ from the After Dark album. A country-tinged ‘Que sera sera’ is given a solid edge by Rab’s laid back vocal, while ‘Something’s wrong’ revisits the folk club atmospheres of ‘B4 Seventy four’. And fans of the Everly Brothers will adore their understated take on ‘Sleepless nights’.
Reviewer: Tim Carroll
(March 27, 2014)