Our Man in the Field – Company of Strangers

Album Review | Rocksnob | Review by Allan Wilkinson

This fine debut album by singer songwriter (and actor) Alexander Ellis, otherwise ‘Our Man In The Field’, demonstrates confidence both in the writing and in the delivery.  There’s something of a David Gray detectable in Ellis’s vocal delivery, which works well, especially when accompanied by the fine pedal steel playing of Henry Senior.  The live sound has a very human feel, where soul and emotion takes precedence over polish and gloss. Not that this isn’t a finely polished album, it is, but the songs are also given plenty of room to breathe, especially “Eleanor’s Song”, “Thin (I Used to Be Bulletproof)” and “I’ll Be Gone”.