Right Between The Promises

(2001), 6.5/10
Right Between The Promises is the most stripped back Johnston release since Can You Fly – after the more ornate arrangements on his subsequent 1990s albums, it fees looser and bluesier. The more stripped down approach doesn’t affect the quality of the album, but it feels like Johnston’s supply of songs isn’t as strong as previous, and the cover of seventies AM staple ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ and the generic blues of ‘Back To My Machine’ underline this. It’s his least accomplished album since his debut, but he’s enough of a quality writer that there’s still plenty of worthwhile material – highlights include the driving pop of ‘Waste Your Time’ and the slick ‘That’s Alright With Me’. Right Between The Promises feels tired, and it’s not surprising that Johnston waited nine years before releasing another album of new material.

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