Chris Thomas – Bound to the Ocean

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Having previously honed his craft in several local bands as well as a successful Pink Floyd tribute show, Devon-born singer-songwriter Chris Thomas has concentrated his solo song writing credentials into this, his debut album, which showcases his flair for writing accessible folk/pop melodies, especially on such songs as “Don’t Follow Me” and the lilting “Whenever I Sing Georgia”, a song clearly important to Thomas, in that it relates to his late step mother’s love of Ray Charles and the fact that he performed “Georgia on my Mind” at her funeral. It doesn’t take long to warm to these highly personal songs, including the punchy “Gwendolyn Rose”, a song written for his own daughter, or the optimistic “Wake up Smiling”, which is sure to bring out the sunshine on a dull day. There’s nothing throwaway on Bound to the Ocean, with each song, each melody and each performance nicely settling into the top drawer.