My Darling Clementine – How Do You Plead?
At WORDKRAPHT, we aren’t here to judge and compare indie music and mainstream staples. However, once in a while when we receive something so striking and wonderful it’s almost a crime it isn’t a mainstay on every radio station across the world.
My Darling Clementine is the project of husband and wife duo Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. Separately they have achieved success and acclaims from all over their home in the UK. King, was in the alt/country group The Good Sons, while Dalgeish has worked with everyone from Elvis Costello to Sophie B. Hawkins. After being married nine years, they have finally decided to join forces and create an album of country duets. Originally released (only in Europe) in 2011 the album has made its US debut in September of 2012 and is called, How Do You Plead?
Released through Five Head Entertainment, How Do You Plead? is 13 songs of pure unadulterated country goodness. Hearing this duo sing together will bring to mind other great duos of the past (such as Johnny and June). Michel Weston King’s voice is the epitome of mellifluous while Lou Dalgleish’s vocals are sweet, but can pack a punch when need be. With the help of legendary musicians Martin Belmont, Geraint Watkins, and Bobby Irwin How Do You Plead? features all the magnificent country music elements that enhance the duo’s stunning vocals. From the pedal steel (played by Alan Cook) to the Bass (played by Kevin Foster) and organs (played by Watkins) it’s hard to believe this album was made in 2011, and not the sixties and seventies.
The album’s opening track “By A Thread,” is a gorgeous ballad about a couple (perhaps it’s about them, we aren’t sure) who is falling out of love. Heartbreaking, anyone listening can’t help but to become invested in what they are singing and be left hanging onto each word to see if they do make it. For those who love hearing demos, “By A Thread” is included as a bonus track on the US release. Raw, emotional and perfect, it is worth a listen. The rest of the album has a wonderful balance of up-tempo ditties and gut-wrenching ballads. King and Dalgeish’s harmonies are spot on, while the music accompanying them is the icing on the cake. Each song is better than the next. Personal, pure and seamless there isn’t a dull moment on the album.
While How Do You Plead? is paying homage to the great country couples of the past, don’t expect to hear any cover songs. All songs are original. Fresh, yet nostalgic. Any country fans out there reading needs to listen to My Darling Clementine. One listen and this album will be a staple in your collection.
Wordkrapht Rating: 5 Stars
Album Name: How Do You Plead?
Date Released: September, 2012 (North America)
Genre(s): Country, Americana
Location: Birmingham, England
Band Members: Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish. Featuring Martin Belmont, Geraint Watkins, Bobby Irwin, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster, Jim Russell and Bob Loveday. Neil Brockbank produced the record with Michael Weston King.
Record Label: Five Head Entertainment
Website: http://www.mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk , http://www.fiveheadentertainment.com