Richard Walters – Pacing
aaamusic | On 30, Apr 2011
“Pacing” is the second album by Oxford born singer-songwriter Richard Walters. This album follows Walters’ critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Animal’ which was released in 2009. However in ‘Pacing’ we can hear a departure from the softer acoustic tones of Walters’ first album to a sound that is richer and more self-assured. ‘Pacing’ was co-written by Bernard Butler who has worked with many talented artists such as Duffy, Fyfe Dangerfield and The Libertines. The collaboration with Butler has produced a stunning album by Walters that showcases emotional vocal performances and a variety of narrative songs.
“Nights End” – a dreamy composition complete with gentle string accompaniment is a highlight. ‘Breathe’ and ‘End Of the World’ hear Walters hit notes that would give Thom Yorke a run for his money. Meanwhile, title track ‘Pacing’ portrays the hopelessness of depression; complete with hazy chords and smooth vocals this song provokes intrigue and mystery to Walters’ back-story. However the stand out track of this album must be ’14 days’ a heartbreaking and emotional tale of a couple on the verge of a breakup yet trying to keep it together until their holiday is over- it is realistic, relatable and moving much like the overall effect of this album.
Author: Orna Lyons