WHAT THE CRITICS SAID ABOUT 'No Straight Line'...
"David Lewis has written songs with John Wesley Harding such as 'The Red Rose and the Briar' and 'Ordinary Weekend'. Now comes his first recording as a solo artist, produced by Harding and Scott Mathews, who laid down rich acoustic beds of strings, percussion and pump organ, wisely choosing the less-is-more approach in the arrangements. Robert Lloyd - an especially creative musician who tours with Harding, Carlene Carter, Steve Wynn and others - provides mandolin, violins, accordion and unexplained 'atmospherics' on several of the tracks. How these atmospherics were created is unclear, but they are effective, setting up some interesting spooky textures under songs like 'Calm Before the Storm' and 'Under the Same Moon'. Lewis, who has a gentle voice that falls somewhere between a young Mick Jagger and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, explained his choice of album title by saying these songs '...are about the lines drawn by human hands, lines which link cities on the great maps ... Sometimes we pass each other with barely a wave of acknowledgement, other times we hit strange chords in combination'." Sing Out! - The Folk Song Magazine
"Very folky singer-songwriter co-produced by John Wesley Harding and Scott Mathews - a team that provides a quirky aspect tot he overall product. Lewis's songs are often of the jingle-jangle nature, sung in a very pleasant voice, with just enough rough edges scattered here and there to make it stick in the mental jukebox. Personable folk, with the caveat that the pleasant melodies may override the lyrical content at times -- which means repeated and serious listening is required." All Music Guide
"Singer and songwriter David Lewis continues the fine English tradition of delivering an arresting set of traditional and contemporary folk on debut 'No Straight Line'. Co-produced by John Wesley Harding and Scott Mathews, this 12-song, 47 minute collection offers a vaguely psychedelic folk sunset with standards like opener 'Due South', the Celtic charm of 'Open Smile', enhanced by Mathews' light bongo and Robert Lloyd's violin, the dreamy 'Out with the Tide', the spare George Harrison sound of 'The End of Something', featuring a vocal duet with Harding, and the exotic 'Calm Before the Storm'. Adding further credibility to this new artist's resume is the appearance of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, who plays the mandolin on the traditional Gaelic folk of 'Slowly Fading Evening Sky'. There's also a cut 'Under Same Moon', which has Harding playing gut string guitar, and the enchanting richness of 'Jealousy's Antiques'. Lewis is truly an artist to keep an eye on." The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas
"David Lewis is a teacher at the London School of Economics who, with the help of his friend John Wesley Harding, has released a first album for a label that has, up this time, been known for its commitment to artists from Austin, Texas. Harding plays on the album and also co-produces with Scott Mathews. Lewis is not an especially compelling singer but his delicate, moody songs are quite effective and evocative in portraying vulnerable people in a world of sharp contrasts and transitions. The instrumentation is kept basic but there are many pleasant flourishes by the producers and by a few guests, such as Peter Buck adding mandolin on one song. This is very much in the early 70s folk genre and Lewis follows in the footsteps of such singers as Robin Williamson, Keith Christmas and Al Stewart." Dirty Linen
"Peter Buck plays dulcimer on a track called 'Slowly Fading Evening Sky' on David Lewis's debut album No Straight Line. David, a singer-songwriter from England, has previously worked and written songs with John Wesley Harding. Of No Straight Line, Peter comments: 'I really recommend it. It's a modern folk record in the vein of Nick Drake'." REM News
"Here are two ways an album can become my favorite. Either it has something tremendously worthwhile to say or it is very pleasant to live with. This one has both qualities. Enjoy it as an intellectual experience or as pleasant background. Either way, it'll be one you'll play many more times than once." Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange