Review: Linden – “Rest and Be Thankful”

3.5 OUT OF 5 NUTS!

linden-restandbethankfulScottish singer/songwriter Joe McAlinden’s second album under the moniker Linden couldn’t be more aptly named, given the album’s sound.

“It was inspired by a mountain pass I drive over every time I travel to and from civilisation,” McAlinden is quoted as saying at the Slumberland Records web site. “REST & BE THANKFUL are the words inscribed on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The original stone fell into ruin and was replaced by a commemorative stone at the same site. The section is so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so long and steep at the end that it was traditional for travelers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest point. I know how they feel.”

McAlinden’s description of Scotland’s “Rest & Be Thankful” road brings to mind a long drive through the countryside, and if one was to make that drive, the album Rest and Be Thankful would be a very appropriate soundtrack.

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Linden’s soothing second album conjures up images of an easy-going country drive on a sunny day. The album delivers 29 minutes of smooth and pleasing pop-rock that should satisfy listeners looking for something on the lighter side.

A highlight is the title track, which gives you a taste of what to expect throughout the album, accompanied by soulful horns:

Rest and Be Thankful conjures up memories of some of the softer pop-rock classics from The Eagles and carries a similar mellow vibe. It’s a solid album that, as previously mentioned, can make for some good driving music, or just something you can kick your feet up and chill out to.

Release Date: June 23, 2015


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