STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79604-15415 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Rob's decision to travel up to Glasgow's Foundry Music Lab and work with Wet Wet Wet guitar maestro Graeme Duffin on his new album was a smart one. Suddenly Rob's insightful, melodically warm observations on life and the cosmos have sufficient punch and power to attract radio play that the previous releases from the Midlands singer/songwriter have lacked. Now don't get me wrong. Duffin is too wise an old head to drench Rob's gutsy compositions in multi-track over-production. So here there is a nice organic vibe to the whole proceedings. But the addition of a tasty Hammond on the opener "Dungeon Ghyl" and a delicious bass riff on "Blue Jeans" set up Rob's neat, incisive compositions nicely while his rough textured voice has never sounded better. My faves are the lilting mid-tempo "Christian's Brother" while his subdued acoustic rendition of "Carry Me Home", the After The Fire oldie, shows what a great song it is. Can't wait to hear Rob sing it in concert when he fronts ATF.
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