Mark The Hard Earth - Kris Drever
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Scottish folk singer, who is also a member of Lau.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. The songs range from the self-composed title track to a slinky piece from Boo Hewerdine and a couple of ballads from that fine veteran Edinburgh songwriter Sandy Wright, which are as unashamedly emotional as great country songs. A classy set.
  2. It’s all quite understated and beautifully played, and any shortcomings in the material are more than made up for by Drever’s peerless singing.
  3. With a more complex sonic palette than his debut, Mark The Hard Earth contains a number of absolute gems.
  4. Drever’s voice is well-suited to the lyrical sincerity of the album but avoids being overly earnest. While sometimes a bit sentimental, Drever’s gentle declarations of loyalty are charming rather than trite.
  5. Mark The Hard Earth is a solid enough album but perhaps not the masterpiece that Drever fans were expecting. The man seems incapable of recording a duff track, but there are just a few moments on this album where he seems to take the easy route.
  6. An extremely mellow album, while hardly groundbreaking, it’s quietly beautiful in places.