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Roy Moller - Songs From Be My Baby

  by Steve Kinrade

published: 25 / 10 / 2023

Roy Moller - Songs From Be My Baby
Label: The Beautiful Music
Format: CD


Challenging but highly rewarding autobiographical album from Scottish singer-songwriter Roy Moller in which he reflects upon his upbringing as an adopted child

The artistic result of Roy Moller’s quest for more information regarding his birth and heritage was his 2019’s collection of poetry 'Be My Baby'. Four years later, he presents us with the musical version, giving us a different perspective on the previous work. And to these ears, it would seem that the wait was worth it. For those like myself who were not previously acquainted with Roy Moller, approaching these collections of songs was a daunting proposition. Both lyrically and musically, there seemed to be a lot going on. But my advice would be to preserve, as there are much riches to discover. Moller’s voice could be at first be described as an acquired taste, but his sometimes louche delivery which floats above the musical arrangement is oddly satisfying. Yes, I could hear the Vic Godard references, and perhaps a whiff of Neil Hannon, without the irritating archness. But what makes this collection of songs stand out is the quality of the lyrics and the superb production values on display. For example, 'Far Be It From Me' beautifully ponders the nature of parenthood to the adoptive child: Maybe she held me before she left me That’s history Newborn babies, what do they see? Far be it from me…# Playing and production duties are handled by both Roy Moller and Stevie Walker, with much aplomb. Their combined musical chops are very much in evidence, and sound effects and clips are used in an imaginative and interesting way, for example Front 'West Street' and 'Ward Song'. All in all, 'Songs From Be My Baby' is a great introduction to the world of Roy Moller if you haven’t already come across him, like me. Otherwise, its just reaffirmation of his evident talent as a poet and a musician.

Track Listing:-
1 Can't Help Falling in Time
2 Toronto 1962
3 Coming On
4 Ward Song
5 Staring You Right in the Face
6 Front Street West
7 Zero Contact
8 Far Be It from Me
9 Wild Goose
10 Stacks

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5239 Posted By: Esteban Walker, Switzerland on 28 Oct 2023
The most truthful and heartfelt album of this or any other year. Genre ignoring, aural goodness.

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Interview (2023)
Roy Moller - Interview
Edinburgh-born singer and songwriter Roy Moller speaks to John Clarkson about his new album ‘Be My Baby’,which is about his discovery that his birth parents were Canadian and that his mother flew from Toronto to Edinburgh to give birth to and put him up for adoption.
Interview (2022)
Interview (2019)
Interview (2015)
Interview (2012)


Competition (2016)
Roy Moller - Competition
We have five copies of Scottish singer-songwriter's 'There's a Thousand Untold Stories' (with 'There's a Thousand More Untold Stories' to give away as competition prizes.)


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