Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
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Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #138 / 1004
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Based on 58 ratings
2015 Ratings: #257
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Whether displaying his loyalty to his muse’s roots, or gnashing his teeth at the right to snub traditions ... Ryley Walker’s talents are enormous. The praise for his second full-length ought to be the same.
Consequence of Sound

For Walker, it’s about breathing life back into ’60s folk until it bursts with springtime charm, and Primrose Green is 2015’s ultimate encompassment of that sound.

The Line of Best Fit

Had Primrose Green been recorded in the era it's influenced by, it could well be among the records Ryley Walker would now be drawing inspiration from; high praise indeed.


With its ready absorption of, homage to, and engagement with the past, Walker's skills as a guitarist and arranger make Primrose Green as musically compelling as it is willfully indulgent.

With ‘Primrose Green’, Walker has created a mystical record, balancing idyllic sonics with moving sensibility.

Primrose Green performs an impressive double stunt in better showcasing both his songwriting and singing on one hand, and his ambition to create something looser, freer and more spontaneous on the other.

‘Primrose Green’, Walker’s second album, was recorded with a crack team of local musos, and both the playing and production have the lithe, loose feel of a lost album by British folk-jazz group Pentangle.

Retro is the word.

Hell more than that derivative is the word.

This does not equate to a 'bad' thing in the slightest in this instance though - in actual fact this is a sublime listen showing great artistry despite cribbing from many, oh so many, ‘70s folk and soft rock touchstones.

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Track List

  1. Primrose Green
  2. Summer Dress
  3. Same Minds
  4. Griffiths Bucks Blues
  5. Love Can Be Cruel
  6. On The Banks Of The Old Kishwaukee
  7. Sweet Satisfaction
  8. The High Road
  9. All Kinds Of You
  10. Hide In The Roses
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Added on: January 10, 2015