The last few years could hardly have gone better for Finn Greenall and his band Fink: After the 2012 album "Perfect Darkness" two live albums were released, one of them with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Greenall also worked on the soundtracks for "12 Years A Slave" and "Rudderless". The fact that he also found the time to record ten new songs for the new studio CD "Hard Believer" with his band colleagues Tim Thornton and Guy Whitaker testifies to the discipline of the bearded workaholics from Brighton, who once again shines with versatility. The title song, for example, comes as a stoically self-confident blues, in which Fink conjures up something in front of a minimal harmonic background, which is both intimate and intense at the same time. It's the cautious gait that Fink has mastered so well ("Two Days Later", "Shakespeare"), even though on the second half of the CD they can't hold the initial intensity. But they grow beyond themselves at the folk/world music crossing "Pilgrim": with gospel intensity and the insight "From small beginnings come big endings".
Top track: Pilgrim