Praise for 'Billy Cross's Daughter':
"The always musically vigilant singer/songwriter Thom Carter has some stories to tell on his third release as Menhirs of Er Grah, Billy Cross’s Daughter. And they are amongst the best he has even told. Thom has announced that he has tried to “bury his Eric Clapton CD’s in a casket under the sea”. But, even he will admit that he still has subliminal nods to the king of Cream throughout this amazing album".
"Carter has always had a way of turning the sourest of plums into the sweetest peach in the garden, metaphorically speaking of course. The self-titled track is a beautiful tale of the wandering soul and the spirit to rebel that is within us all — the power to drop the life they know and become an entire new being. It’s the sort of tale that he was always meant to tell. And the Clapton moments really come to light with tracks like “Circle Me With Love” and “Wherever Your Eyes Fall”. But this guy can write a love song like no other has before. All Dominos included".
"Billy Cross’s Daughter has the raw spirit of early Menhirs of Er Grah. It’s stripped of some of the eeriness of his last album, Mourning Dove, but keeps with the soulful melodies and almost funk-driven guitar work that he mastered on that album. “Whitening Light” (from Dove) would have worked easily in this track list. For fans of back alley and underground coffee shop inspired folk rock, this is bound to be one of your favorite albums of 2010. And at the very minimum, this is Thom Carter’s finest work to date".
"Billy Cross’s Daughter is the kind of album to enjoy in the dead of night on your own. It’s wonderfully beautiful and pleasant, and offers the listener a chance at repeated introspection. Filled with nice acoustic guitar work, shaker and vocal harmonies, the album is one to keep you calm and peaceful".
"When I first heard the name of Thom Carter’s band, I had no idea what it was and I needed to learn first that the Broken Menhir of Er Grah is an ancient megalith in Locmariaquer, Brittany, before enjoying the music. What I found was the knowledge of this historical monument actually accentuated my enjoyment of the album. The folk music that Menhirs of Er Grah play sounds like that classic folk record you find in a basement, covered in dust, waiting to be played and loved again".
"Sometimes entering the realm of adult contemporary, but mostly the land of ethereal folk, Billy Cross’s Daughter is what I would imagine I would’ve listened to extensively if I were born 50 years ago, and that most certainly is a good thing".
"For me, music such as this belongs by a fire (either fireplace or camp fire) with a nice book for a night where you’re doing nothing else, and you have nothing else you’d want to do. It perfectly captures a content mood".
"Love songs are the main focus here, as is the case in many folk albums, but it works so damn well that there’s no qualms with it here. The last song on Billy Cross’s Daughter says, “Do what you want, or whatever makes you happy, because time it ain’t ever gonna stand still”, which has literally been my advise to myself and close friends (that need it) for life. It’s essential to life, doing what makes you happy, and I now have a closer connection with the last song because of that line".
"So on the upcoming warm summer nights, Billy Cross’s Daughter should be the choice to relax and enjoy your night with".
(Drive, Wayfarer, Drive)
“Billy Cross’ Daughter,” the new release by Menhirs of Er Grah sat in my “to be reviewed?” file for a few weeks, teetering on the edge. When I have a free moment, you see, I skim through that file, on random, and no single song off of this record grabbed me enough to make me move it to the “review” file. But at the same time, every song made me want to find the time to sit down and listen to the whole album, straight through. This weekend, I finally did. And I’m very grateful”.
“Folk singer/songwriter Thom Carter apparently has a following already, and this is his third record under the name Menhirs of Er Grah (named after the single largest block of stone carved by Neolithic man). From what I’ve read by fans and critics, this is being hailed as his best release. I don’t know about that, as this is the first I’ve ever heard, but I can say that this a well-crafted album that is too delicate to be digested piecemeal. Like a complex Hall and Oates at times, or a more melodic Will Oldham, the record gets better and deeper with each listen. It’s gone from being on my fence as a “thanks but no thanks” to being a candidate for best record of the year”.