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Classic EP Review: Neil Halstead | Seasons

The U.K. troubadour shares a handful of leftovers from his Sleeping On Roads LP.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Neil Halstead has long been the uncontested singer, songwriter and leader of U.K. alt-country balladeers Mojave 3.

So why he feels the need for solo releases — like last spring’s full-length Sleeping on Roads and this followup EP — is beyond me. But whatever the reason, I’m glad for it. Because Seasons — a collection of leftovers and revamped tracks from Sleeping — is a gorgeous treat. Taking the gently melancholy, melodic folk-pop of Nick Drake and contemporizing it with some studio polish and electro-ambience, Halstead offers five tracks of lovely, low-key loneliness and lazy, hazy troubadourism that provide the perfect accompaniment to the end of a summer fling. You’ve had joy, you’ve had fun; now have Seasons in the sun.