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An intense, at times dark, but in the end very rewarding album, and one that fans of the singer songwriter will love.

Credited as a band, Wiser Time is really about one man, namely Carmen Sclafani, who with his guitar went on a trip around America and Europe, where the stories and adventures he had became the songs on this new album ‘Beggars And Thieves‘. As such this album is like taking a very personal journey through this man’s mind and taking a look at what he saw whilst he travelled around the World. In some ways ‘Beggars And Thieves’ is like reading pages from Carmen’s diary and finding out about how his journeys changed him as a person.

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The music is therefore, as you would expect, a stripped down, laid back affair that comes across sounding. to my ears anyway, like the Black Crowes meeting an unplugged Enuff Z’Nuff (which is no band thing) in a smoky old pub where everyone drinks bourbon and loves the blues. Carmen himself says that his intention was to write a personal set of songs that felt like you were right next to the person listening to them as you were playing. And let me tell you this approach has worked, with each of the songs sounding like they are aimed directly at you, telling their story just for you, which makes this album a very different but no less enjoyable listening experience. This is also the kind of record where picking out individual tracks for consideration would only take away from the album as a whole. So instead of that, I will say that ‘Beggars And Thieves’ is an intense, at times dark, but in the end very rewarding album, and one that fans of the singer songwriter will love.

Ian Johnson

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