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Rest And Be Thankful

by Joe McAlinden

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about

Joe McAlinden is one of those rare musicians who can turn the most placid music writer into a raving, frothing evangelist.
Generally, most musicians are accorded their dues. Especially in the age of instant connectivity and ultra-accessibility, it’s very unusual for a great artist to escape the notice of the music industry.

Yet, for much of the 1990s, Joe McAlinden and his band, Superstar, weren’t so much in the wrong place at the wrong time, as on the wrong planet in the wrong century.

McAlinden’s aching emotionalism just didn’t chime at a time when Britpop’s braggadocio and swagger barged all else out of the way. Sadly, nobody seemed to care that McAlinden’s voice on songs as moving as 'Two Of A Kind' from 1998’s "Palm Tree," was as reminiscent of Al Green in its fragile, longing power as Green’s young voice was of his own hero, Sam Cooke.

That McAlinden emerged from a decade-long, self-imposed, creative hibernation in 2012 with the lovely "Bleached Highlights," recorded with former Orange Juice leader, Edwyn Collins, was enough cause for celebration. The fact he’s back in June with the even better "Rest And Be Thankful," also with Collins’s assistance, is truly a glorious thing. Here is an artist right at the top of his game, making warm, melodic, emotionally literate music.

"Rest And Be Thankful" simply thrums with love and loss, whether it’s the starkly pretty 'I See,' which talks of someone who “leaves a shadow on the ground, even though you’re not around,” or the gently euphoric 'Broken Glass,' with its Memphis Horns-esque bursts of brass. "Rest And Be Thankful" is a simply glorious album.

But let Joe talk you through it...
“The album was recorded on the west coast of Scotland and apparently you can hear this in the songs - the songs certainly sound as though they were recorded there. They feel pretty authentic to me.“

“As for the album’s theme, there are no common themes really. I've always written about how I feel. It's all I know. Although I do like to mask the weirdness of my fucked-up head with simple lyrics. Not every song can be a dirge!”

“I really don't listen to music when I'm working on music. I find it very distracting! Otherwise, I’ve been listening to all the usual suspects - Love, Nuggets comps, Gene Clark, Dean Blunt, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and I'm very big on listening to current stuff too. Not stuck in the past, me!”

“Making another record with Edwyn Collins was such a thrill. Throughout my career, I've only wanted to make albums that sound like real records - sounds dumb right? But I've always wanted to listen to me the way I listen to the rest of my record collection. I don’t want my albums to sound like me, I want them to sound classic. I think with these last two records I've finally managed to achieve this. I can finally listen to something I've done and feel like I'm listening to just another record!”

“Should I explain the inspiration behind the album title? Yeah, I think so. It was inspired by a mountain pass I drive over every time I travel to and from civilisation. 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 travellers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest point. I know how they feel.”

-Paul Connolly January 2015

credits

released June 23, 2015

Joe McAlinden - vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin.
Stuart Kidd - drums, percussion, vocals.
Eric Lindsay - guitar.
Marco Rea - bass, vocals.
All songs written by Joe McAlinden.
Published by Faber Music.
Produced by Joe McAlinden.
Mixed by Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley at West Heath Yard, London.
Recorded by Joe McAlinden and David Donaldson in Strathlachlan, Argyll and The Barne Studio, Clydebank.
Mastered by Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering, London.
Artwork by Jim Lambie.
Designed by Voidoid Ltd.
Copyright of Jim Lambie
Courtesy of Jim Lambie and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Layout by Rob Crane Design.
Photography
Metal Box 2012 - Matthias Kolb, Berlin.
Metal Box (Dusseldorf) 2014, Metal Box (Tropical Orchid) 2013 - Ruth Clark.
Linden live 2014 - Wayland Standing.

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Track Name: I See
Like a name that disappears
On a boat that never leaves
Like a leave that always shows
On a tree that never grows

Leave a shadow on the ground
Even though you're not around
I see...

Like a stone that's never clean
Someone throw me in a stream
I'll move a little every day
But I won't ever fade away

I'm getting older looking over my shoulder
Gonna get right back and dip my toe in the water
And I'll watch myself ripple over and over
As I circle round and drift over and over you… 
Track Name: Window Pane
Here in my window pane
I wanna see some rain
And then I want you to write my name
So I’m gonna breathe again

And I’m OK
I swear
I hope that you feel the same
I care
I hope that you feel it

Thinking of you I’ll play
Orange Skies all day
The sun reflecting my life away
I want you to hear me say 

That I’m OK
I swear
I hope that you feel the same
I care
I hope that you feel it

And then I fall right down here In front of you
Oh my love…
Track Name: Rest And Be Thankful
In the neon gloom
Of my front room
I just stare
As I lay my head
Upon our bed
When you're not there

I'm not mad
I just thinking straight
I don't want to close my eyes just yet

In a clapped out car
I won't go far
But I don't care
On the Rest And Be Thankful
My heart stops right there

I'm not mad
I just thinking straight
I don't want to close my eyes just yet

There's something special
Or so the story goes
You read me like a book
And so the story grows
I know that… 

I'm not mad
I just thinking straight
I don't want to close my eyes just yet

Oh let me feel an everlasting sun
Oh let me be an everlasting one
Track Name: Short Worm
And it feels like I'm moving on
Gonna brush me down
Feels so good
I can see you looking at me
I kinda knew you would!

Now it feels like I'm holding on
Don't put me down
That's no good.
Gonna swim across the water.
Like I knew i would

You will catch me when I'm falling
Lift me up then I'm not crawling
Shine on me and I will be you
Every day my world will be you
Track Name: Pull Me Round Again
Pull me round again
Close my eyes and then
Colours fly around my eyes
Pull me round again.

When you say
That you don't know
How you feel
I won't go
I will stay for a while
Evergreen
I will reach through the clouds
I will climb

Break my heart again
Pull me round again
Misery you puzzle me
Pull me round again
Track Name: Dream Dream
Do you know the sound of silence?
Not the song
It's just a thing I've got going on inside me

Dream dream my life away
Let me share all the things inside of me

City streets.
A room.
I'll find you
And I'll share with you these feelings that I've got
Inside me.

Dream dream my life away
Let me share all the things inside of me
Silver scars like stars they shine for you
So let me dream dream my life with you
Track Name: Lost And Found
I know you well
Only time will tell
I laugh out loud
For you

I’m lost and I’m found
Gonna turn me around
The sun finds a cloud
I am lost
I am found

Old letters fray
What do they say
Lights flicker by
Is that you
Track Name: Take My Hand
Got a letter from a no-one
Who was someone that I never thought I'd reach
It said "hello I've never met you 
But your words have held my hand while I'm asleep"

Hold - I don't hear a sound
Breathe - I won't let you down
Take my hand.

Look ahead and wonder where you are
With every second thought I do believe
And as I listen to your story
I'm so happy you decided not to leave
Track Name: Yesterday_Rewind
Feel the breeze
Upon my face
I'm standing still
My world in place...
If I keep searching will I find out

Yesterday
Just for you
Start again
I'll know what to do
And what to say yesterday 
Start again
I'm not over you

Through the years
Here's what I've found
My words dry up
Don't make a sound
If I keep listening will I find out
Track Name: Broken Glass
People say I bottle up
All the things I never seem to say.
Take a trip to Hollywood 
And act like nothing's happening again
All that from nothing
It feels like I'm drifting away

AS I LOOK ALONG THE SHORE AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
FALLING STARS LIKE BROKEN GLASS ARE WATCHING OVER ME

Looking back but I can’t see
I’m at the edge of what will be will be
People say it’s not enough
But I don’t care
It’s good enough for me
All that from nothing
It feels like I'm drifting away

AS I LOOK ALONG THE SHORE AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
FALLING STARS LIKE BROKEN GLASS ARE WATCHING OVER ME 

A space a time
A change of mind
Who am I to say 
Shout out loud today
Wait around for me
I've been drifting but I haven't lost my mind

AS I LOOK ALONG THE SHORE AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
FALLING STARS LIKE BROKEN GLASS ARE WATCHING OVER ME