Ash Hayward: Maybe Later
By Nick Batt
Okay, let's get this sorted out straight away. The musicianship, arrangements and recording on Ash Hayward's debut album is superb. The style is sort-of folk rock and features some great playing. Recorded and arranged by Phil Hornblow at Vision Studios and then mastered by Steve Garden at his Garden Shed studio, the album features Hayward (vocals and guitar), Geoff Duncan (bass and guitar), Phil Hornblow (keys and programming), Sharon Callaghan (violin), Evan Williams (percussion and backing vocals) and the truly amazing Stephanie Hearfield on b.vs. Maybe it's just me but there is something about Hayward's voice that I find really annoying. It has that Tom Petty Free Falling sameness about it - not just on one track but on almost all of them. The first two tracks have some vocal variety but by track three it seems that Hayward has decided to use one vocal style from there on. This is a shame as the songs themselves are quite good (track seven has a really cool time change in the bridge). Still, as I say this might just be me, and you may well find this album to be just the ticket.