A Game of Chess
Lehto & Wright
This third release sees the band steering into more Progressive Rock leanings while still keeping a strong hold in traditional British Isles and American Folk Music. Folk Roots said: All too often Americans who claim British electric folk as influence end up making a half-cocked noise that they'll boast is Celtic rock. Most of the decent crews - Boiled in Lead, we Saw the Wolf, Cordelia's Dad - are either defunct or semi-comatose. They may not be quite in such exalted company just yet, but you can add Lehto & Wright to that roll call before long. A huge thumbs up for A Game of Chess, that takes all kinds of familiar bits and bobs, stripping them right down to a skeletal guitar, bass and drums, then going for broke. Why should you love this? For one thing there are no cod accents; for another, there's a general absence of things like fiddles and squeeze boxes, just good old rock hardware. And there's only a couple of predictable choices in the track selection - though what they do with "The Curragh of Kildare" will have you grinning from ear to ear, especially if you like loud, voluminous guitar solos. You can imagine them mulling over a stack of old import folk albums, wondering how to deflower the next chestnut. well worth hunting down. www.lehtoandwright.com will have details of this and their earlier offerings as yet unheard - by these ears at least.