Closing Time
ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL – Closing Time (Full Time Hobby)

Three years on from the excellent ‘Nightingale’, Erland Cooper and ex-Verve guitarist Simon Tong present us with another album of their folk-infused tunes. This collection has a more cohesive feel to it, with a lyrical theme of love and loss running through the mostly melancholic songs. There is light relief in ‘I Am Joan’, but if anything it breaks the mood and jars slightly on what is otherwise a superb album.