‘The Grand Scheme of Things’
Beans on Toast (Xtra Mile)
4 stars out of 5
I became a fan of British folkie Jay McAllister — aka Beans on Toast — a couple years ago with the release of terrific full-length “Fishing for a Thank You.” Armed with a thick accent, brutal honesty and a refreshing sense of humor, McAllister has another winner on his hands in sixth long player “The Grand Scheme of Things.”
The material for the 11-track, 38-minute release comes mainly from his personal life, and that makes the record all the more effective. Beans on Toast’s music remains decidedly R-rated — way too many F-bombs for younger ears — he remains an acute and wry observer of the human condition.
There isn’t a misfire to be found on “The Grand Scheme of Things,” with Beans on Toast especially effective on “Folk Singer,” “F*** You Nashville,” “Stinging Nettles,” “Lizzy’s Cooking,” “Flying Clothes Line” and my personal favorite, the heartfelt love song “New Orleans Honeymoon.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)