Review: Carry On by Willy Mason

Carry On by Willy MasonWilly Mason’s first two albums saw him go straight-out folksy, eliciting some comparisons between him and Bob Dylan. And then he went on a five-year break, appearing occasionally on other artists’ songs. Now he’s back, with an album produced by Kyle Carey, best known for his work with Hot Chip and Kylie Minogue – but all he did was throw in some bleeps and keep everything else in. Those bleeps don’t stick out that much, even: it may sound scary on paper, but on tracks like “Into Tomorrow” and the bass-y “Restless Fugitive”, it makes perfect sense. It helps that Willy hasn’t really changed a lot: “I Got Gold” and the title track are essentially Willy Mason with some added toys to play with. It’s evolution, not revolution, for the American folkie, and we’re all the better for it. | 3/5

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