debut CD is a diverse mix of styles and includes bamboo sax, rainsticks,
recorders and the talents of Bullfrog Rata and Leraine Horstmanhoff.
While its difficult for him to pick a favourite on this album,
Owen says that Only a Dream Away, one of his most requested
originals, has been the best to me, and that Angel
in the Shadow, written while traveling alone and desperately wanting
to meet someone special is the most heartfelt. The album scans the
full range of emotions, from nostalgia (Sarah Yeah, Somewhere
in a Fairy Tale), anger at the system (Hands Up),
running away from responsibility (Streetwise) and travel (or
as Owen puts it living on the bones of yer arse; Down
and Out in Paris). Walls of Sin was produced by Andrew
Dixon, now of Nairobi Trio fame.
Hattie's Live Music Guide 1991; No. 30: "Owen has a silver voice and
his guitar arrangements are sparse, but effective. There are some
beautiful melodies and arrangements on Walls of Sin, my favourites
being Streetwise and Only a Dream Away. Recording engineer
Andrew Dixon joins Bullfrog Rata, Chris Orange and Leraine Horstmanshoff
on backings. Though the album still has a folk feel to
me, they cook up some choice funk grooves on a couple of tracks.
to Sarah Yeah on MySpace.