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Iain Sutherland, Back to the Sea

Half of the Sutherland Brothers – whose 1976 hit with Quiver, Arms of Mary, is still a radio staple today – Iain Sutherland is also the man behind Rod Stewart’s 70s anthem Sailing.
Back to the Sea is his first solo album since 1985’s Fandango, and although it’s unlikely to shift as many units as Stewart’s new one, it’s easily the better record.
Musically, Back to the Sea is undemanding melodic rock with a prominent celtic feel. Lyrically, even if Sutherland shares Stewart’s fondness for sentimentality, it feels somehow more real than on Another Country, with his wife, children, grandchildren and brother Gavin all credited on the sleeve.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh


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