Before the Ruin

Before the Ruin is a collaborative studio album by Scottish folk musicians Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble, released on 15 September 2008 through Navigator Records. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #156[1] and the Scottish Albums chart at #45.[2] The album was originally scheduled for a May release, but was delayed due to McCusker touring with Mark Knopfler.

Before the Ruin
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2008
Recorded2007 (2007)
GenreFolk
LabelNavigator Records
Producer
Roddy Woomble chronology
My Secret is My Silence
(2006)
Before the Ruin
(2008)
The Impossible Song & Other Songs
(2011)
Kris Drever chronology
Honk Toot Suite
(2007)
Before the Ruin
(2008)
Mark the Hard Earth
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Line of Best Fit(69%) link
Playlouder link
The Skinny link
God Is in the TV Zine link

The album features appearances from Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake.[3]

"Silver and Gold" was released as a single on 1 September 2008.[4]

Speaking of the album, McCusker notes that their "paths had all crossed in various ways over the past few years - working with Kate Rusby, and on Kris and Roddy's solo albums - and our starting-point was basically just that we all really liked each other's stuff."[5] Woomble notes that: "Kris and John each have such a different take on things like melody and lyrics, but we’re all working equally on the songs together, so the whole thing feels totally new. And it’s great getting to make another ‘first’ album at our age."[3]

Artwork

The album cover is by Orcadian painter Charles Shearer, and is said to "describe the physical, and metaphorical pull of the ocean, which is also a main theme of the record."[6]

Track listing

All songs written by Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble

  1. "Silver and Gold" – 4:37
  2. "Into the Blue" – 4:27
  3. "All Along the Way" – 4:41
  4. "Before the Ruin" – 4:08
  5. "Hope to See" – 5:05
  6. "Rest on the Rock" – 3:38
  7. "Out of Light" – 4:09
  8. "The Poorest Company" – 4:40
  9. "Moments Last Forever" – 4:35
  10. "Stuck in Time" – 5:00

Personnel

References

  1. "Official Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (370): 5–8.
  2. "The Official Scottish Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (370): 5–8.
  3. "Navigator Records". Navigator Records. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  4. "Before the Ruin Album Page - Kris Drever John McCusker Roddy Woomble". Drevermccuskerwoomble.com. 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  5. "Press Page - Kris Drever John McCusker Roddy Woomble - Before the Ruin". Drevermccuskerwoomble.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  6. "Latest News". Roddy Woomble. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
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