It seems somewhat strange to be ‘introducing’ John Forrester as an artist. A man who has enjoyed nearly 30 years of writing and touring with numerous acts, including playing bass for the acclaimed Pressgang – it is mainly as a solo singer songwriter that John is now plying his trade.
A troubadour figure of sorts, Forrester has forged a reputation for quality songwriting based around travel and discovery. A warm inviting vocal style, solid guitar accompaniment and easy going demeanor has endeared him to audiences across the acoustic circuit in this country and abroad.
Having released a number of self penned solo recordings, his latest ‘Restless‘ is the first album where he has employed a producer to oversee the work. On this occasion – Roy Dodds, best known as drummer for Fairground Attraction and latterly Eddi Reader’s backing band takes the reigns.
The album was unintentionally recorded in two parts – as the process was put to one side while Forrester cared for a seriously ill loved one. This has allowed for subject matter and influences not originally in the songwriters thought process to emerge – which resulted in a different end product.
John says: ‘“It certainly coloured the album. There are songs that wouldn’t have otherwise existed. The album changed shape.”
Exploring restlessness from a view point of a lone musician tethered to a particular place for too long – this album has seen Forrester experiment more with the creative process and the structure of working with an external producer.
And while it was recorded in quite a disjointed way – the end result is from start to finish a polished piece of work that adds to the artists growing repertoire.
More info at: http://forrester.uk.com/
Review by Phil Daniels