ALBUM REVIEW: Geva Alon “In The Morning Light”

Geva Alon may not be a name we recognise in the UK, but in Israel he is a household name. Having broken through as part of the rock trio The Flying Baby in 2000, Alon came to the fore of the Tel Aviv based folk scene in 2006 when he unleashed his country-tinged debut solo effort “Days Of Hunger”. Five years may have flown by since then, but Alon has barely looked back. Having conquered America with 2009’s “Get Closer”, Alon is hoping that album 4, “In The Morning Light” will hit the mark in Europe.

With comparisons to Neil Young, REM and Tom Rush being thrown about left, right and centre, it has to be noted that there is also a hint of Bob Dylan and Shawn Phillips to “In The Morning Light”. A breezy effort, Alon’s vocals take centre stage.

A storyteller to the core, Alon has composed a record that works on so many levels. While at face value “In The Morning Light” is a tender take on love, a closer look at the lyrical content unveils an ode to his home country – and an ability to see both sides of the story. Peaceful in its delivery, Alon’s message is crystal clear.

“In The Morning Light” has no stand out tracks. This is not a criticism. The album is blissfully, beautifully even.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams


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