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Always the right way,
Always the wrong
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(29 July 2001) The debut album from Linda van der Veen and Arjan Hoekstraperforming as Railway is entitled Always the right way Always the wrong.Recorded, mixed and mastered by Twin-Bull in Holland, the eight-track album, like Astrid van der Veen's Beautiful Red reviewed above is available only on CD-R and can be obtained from the artists' website. Vocals are performed by Linda and Arjan whilst Arjan plays guitar and piano.

We were immediately reminded of Grey Eye Glances earliest recordings bothin the style and structure, but also in the vocal similarity between Lindaand Jennifer Nobel. Linda's voice has a folky texture, perfectly suited tothe light acoustic Railway arrangements. Compared to her younger sister'swork Linda's vocals are whispier but share in the well trained and emotionally evocative delivery. All music and lyrics for the album are written by Arjan Hoekstra, except "Feelings," music and lyrics by Linda van der Veen and "Julian," covered from K's Choice.

The album opens with a slowly folk rock number entitled "Allright" thatthe two artists sing together over light acoustic guitar. Linda's vocalpower is immediately evident in the opening verses. The album's title isderived from the lyrics of the moody track "Silence" with multi-trackedvocal harmonies, guitar and keyboard accompanying. "Thunder & Lightning" is a lovely heartfelt ballad sung by the two artists together with some multi-tracked harmonies and a delicate piano arrangement.

The maturity, range and power in Linda's voice is most evident in her bluesy delivery of "Feelings." Arjan does a tremendous job singing lead whileplaying electric guitar in the almost-country style tune entitled "The Fly" a track where Linda provides backing vocals. Linda's evocative vocalin the "I Believe" ballad accompanied by Arjan on piano is sensually sung with depth, texture and presence like Rachel Jones from Karnataka (review).

A short bluesy track sung by both artists entitled "Prison" precedesthe album's closing number "Julian," a cover of a heartfelt ballad written and originally performed by K's Choice. Perhaps most illustrative of Linda's vocal prowess, it spans her entire range and demonstrates herdepth. Arjen joins with backing vocal harmonies and accompanies Lindaon piano.

The debut album from Railway is a fantastic introduction to vocalist Linda van der Veen and band mate Arjan Hoekstra. Simply produced yetwell written and equally well performed, it illustrates the raw talentof two artists we'll likely hear more from in the future. Clearly worthfurther exploration we recommend checking out the soundbites and furtherinformation at the group's website.Interested visitors will find the project is worth a journey and that thealbum is a very nice listen!

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