Album Reviews

 

THE SCOTS MAGAZINE
Scottish Cultural Magazine


"A dozen tracks exploring a wide variety of themes that are all worth listening too,
a satisfying dish served by two top professionals"
By Alasdair Maclean

 

THE NEWS LEADER
Staunton, VA, USA

"Rob van Sante's considerable musical gifts have been revealed on this project...
All kinds of subjects and settings are covered in this music.  Each is evoked with
care and a deep love of the land and influences which inform them."
By Bill Kramer (special writer)

 

FOLKING.COM
British on-line Folk Magazine

"The songs are able to breathe without the excesses that could so easily have
been employed...a well crafted, solid album."
By Pete Fyfe

 

THE SUNDAY HERALD
Scottish National Sunday Newspaper

This is the latest side-project by the Battlefield Band's longest-serving member.
Alan Reid...his songwriting craft...his voice and words form a powerful mesh, finds
him lining up with the bands sound engineer.
Rob van Sante...emerges from behind the desk to reveal himself as a fine singer and guitarist.
By Sue Wilson

 

THE GREEN MAN REVIEW
Portland, ME, USA

"Under the Blue is well-conceived, performed, and produced and will provide
a pleasant experience for listeners. Similar to numerous other albums, the arrangements
are so competently done that they might not even be noticed.
The album is not the musical powerhouse that some people expect from Scottish
music, but the songs exert an influence in ways that are less flashy".
By Judith Gennett 

 

THE INVERNESS COURIER
Scotland, UK

"Eight original songs from Reid maintain his fascination with Scotland's
past, presenting what amount to stories in musical form...the sound is simpler
and more laid-back than you would hear from the Battlefield Band."
By Jim Love

 

THE FOLK MAG
West Midlands, UK

"The CD doesn’t aim to roar through the ears and out again.
It just quietly makes its’ point and leaves you thinking."
By John Denny

 

FOLK ROOTS
British National Folk, World & Roots Magazine

"Van Sante's warm vocals harmonizes well with Reid's...
Long standing fans of Alan Reid's songs will find much to enjoy here."
By Bob Walton

 

THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"The two men work together flawlessly, and though Reid wrote most of
the material and is the dominant voice, Van Sante makes important
contributions throughout the disc."
By Richard Foss

 

DIRTY LINEN

"As if he's not busy enough with Battlefield Band, Alan Reid has teamed up
with the group's sound man, Rob van Sante, on a surprisingly strong duo recording
called Under the Blue."
By Jim Lee

 

CHASING HATS

"As a Celtic music-lover, I couldn’t help but enjoy myself as I became better
acquainted with every song...If you’re in the mood to sway to songs with a lively
spirit, or to be lulled by the sweetness of the peaceful tunes, then
sample some of the songs on Under the Blue."
By Rachel Eyre

 

THE IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

One could spend a very pleasant evening indeed in the company
of Alan and Rob, as they sing songs old and new, and set toes a-tappin' with
dance tunes of their own making and others from the tradition.
By Aidan O'Hara

 

 

RAMBLES MAGAZINE

The instrumental work from both men and their guests is
flawless throughout. Recommended to Celtic music fanciers everywhere.
By Chet Williamson

 

SLIPCUE
US based online music shop with a large folk/roots section

This is an elegant, evocative record, which will hold up well
to years of repeated auditions. Recommended! 
By Joe Sixpack