29 May 2019
This day 30 years ago, on 29th May 1989, former singer/songwriter EDWYN COLLINS
of Scottish popsters Orange Juice released his solo debut album HOPE AND DESPAIR.
ALL MUSIC wrote: “Collins’s post-Orange Juice debut album has the familiar trappings of one of Glasgow’s most celebrated songwriters. A man whose main fallbacks seem to be lovelorn pessimism and cynicism toward the entertainment industry. Still, when you prepare the same feast as lovingly as Collins does, you’ll never be short of house guests. The songwriting craft here is as keenly evident as you’d expect, with reggae hero Dennis Bovell providing production help & bass… as the artist treads carefully through everything from blue-eyed pop to rustic country in his resolutely surefooted manner”.
Highlights: If Ever You’re Ready / Darling They Want It All / The Beginning Of The End / Testing Time / The Wide Eye Child In Me / Hope And Despair
ALBUM in full…