Borrowed Time, the latest offering from Marcus is an acoustic E.P with a giant heart and soul that encapsulates emotions of hope, love, fear and addiction as Marcus delivers lyric driven vocals of six numbers and guitar playing that adds the punctuation to the words. The opening track Layla is full of yearning and by the end of the four minutes you know this is a very different Layla from the other song of that name. This is an acoustic track that deserves airplay across the networks. The next song has a harsher and more percussive feel to the guitar sound and is all about lost love as the title sums up the sorry tale All She Ever Wants… the lyrics continue … is what you don’t have! The strongest song on the album is Snowflake which came about combining the current obsession with Frozen and Addiction so we have a brilliant song about Cocaine, a real contender for 2015 British Blues Awards Songwriter of the Year could this be the second time Marcus wins?
The version of the John Henry Blues a traditional American tune shows the skills of this troubadour when he is telling a story, the vocals shape and colour the words which in Marcus’ version has a gospel feel and the steel hammer is a tool to be cherished even worshipped.
The penultimate track is Don’t Make Miss Me You, has a gentler tempo and a guitar intro that gently leads you into the lyrics that again are full of yearning and doom around the corner, this is singer who knows how to deliver so that every word and painful emotion is articulated so the listener can travel the same road as the artist sharing the pain and agony; the longest track but definitely not a second too long.
All too soon the E.P. is on the last track Death Of Me where the deep vocals from Marcus leave you wanting so much more this is a stylish album demonstrating the depth and power that one man, his guitar and voice can deliver with passion.
The title is fitting as Marcus had a spare day so went into Abbey Road Recording studio and created the E.P. by utilizing in the real sense Borrowed Time in his hectic schedule. His guitar playing is strong, vocals clear as a bell from the first note to the last this is an album that gets under your skin and you just cannot ignore the sound worm that says play it again; borrow yourself some time sit back listen and savour every note and lyric on Borrowed Time it is a fabulous way of spending twenty-five minutes of your life listening to this lyric drenched E.P.If you want to know a bit more about the songs and have visuals as well a DVD is available as well.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….
Marcus is currently on tour where you can hear the music live and take the latest offering home – TOUR DATES