Arthur Alligood “One Silver Needle”
There is always a certain pressure for any country musician who sells himself on the basis that he hails from Nashville. In 'One Silver Needle', Arthur Alligood has served up a mixed bag.
For the most part, the US singer/songwriter has created some excellent Americana. Alligood is at his best when there’s a dynamic edge to his music. ‘Shouldn’t Be That Hard’ and ‘Why’d You Let Me Go Cold’ are both brilliantly yearning love songs which really suit his straining vocals, his voice at times reminiscent of Jeff Tweedy at his finest. Nevertheless, every so often Alligood has a tendency to stumble into much blander affairs. ‘Bring My Heart Out’ plods along disappointingly, the song lacking any of the intensity and interest of the better tracks. ‘One Silver Needle’ could also be accused of something similar. When at his best, Arthur Alligood can create some brilliant country music. If he could just avoid slipping into the occasional turgid track he could be onto something magnificent.