Bad selection. Save Cancel. Really delete this comment? Yes No. After the Fact. Bad Dream Baby. Goth Girl. Humble Bee. I'm Wrong About Everything. Old Girlfriends.
Our Lady of the Highways. The A. Reviews Music. Keith Phipps. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date August 29, Recording Date September 13, - September 15, It's downright refreshing to hear the plink of a mandolin and the lament of a steel guitar backing a pop ensemble.
Harding is at his best when he's able to meld his mordant sensibility with his knack for traditional songwriting. Both have a winning weakness for blue-eyed soul. There are moments on The Confessions where Harding's cheek gets the best of him.
Cuts such as "Goth Girl" seem driven more by attitude than by musicianship. But romantic ruin is the order of the day here, and there's no denying that Harding -- for all his acerbic pretensions -- is a master popsmith.
His strongest ballads "You in Spite of Yourself," "Old Girlfriends," or "After the Fact" genuinely hook the listener with catchy riffs and sing-along choruses. The Confessions of St.John Wesley Harding (b. 22 October ) is a folk/pop singer-songwriter who has called his style of music "folk noir" and "gangsta folk". He was born Wesley Stace in Hastings, East Sussex, England. His given name, Wesley, comes from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who preached one of his last sermons in the town where Harding was born.