Water On Snow

Water on Snow

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Studio album released 2000

Opening with Alive, now familiar from Abbey Road Live, Water on Snow was Colin’s second solo studio album. The title track is one of Colin’s most accomplished songs, starting with unaccompanied singing by Alison Clark and building to a crescendo over nearly seven minutes, trickling away gently at the end. Famous was Colin’s sardonic take on fame.

I should be a star, driving all the girls insane…Wear the finest clothes, have a brand new nose…Oh, I should be famous.

While Colin’s songs are sometimes written in the voice of other people, Cool was the first time he sang a song written for a female narrator:

It would be so cool to be your girl.

You lift me up was a re-interpretation of the 1991 b-side of the same name.

The album was Colin’s most generous for songwriting credits, with four songs written collaboratively.

The album was released exclusively through colinvearncombe.com

Read ‘Water on Snow – Essay No. 6 in the series The Music of Black (Colin Vearncombe)’ here.


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