HOT PRESS ALBUM REVIEW: ROBYN G. SHIELS

8 08 2014

Here’s the unedited version of a review I wrote of the Robyn G. album that ran in Hot Press (ie-sans the random Batman reference that had nowt to do with me that made print.).

 

ROBYN G SHIELS

The Blood Of The Innocents (NO DANCING)

7/10

Key Track: ‘Hello Death’

SHIELS’ SECOND LP IS WORTH THE WAIT.

Completed six years ago, The Blood Of The Innocents by Robyn G Shiels has become something of an urban legend in Belfast (“Have you heard the tale about the troubled troubadour and the original Therapy? tub-thumper making an album together…?”). Hailed as a holy grail by the singer/songwriter’s co-conspirators, the 11 track opus has finally been officially released recently and the alt country and folk flavoured affair is worth the wait.

Inspired by spirits in all senses of the word, the record is a bruised, at times bleak and regularly beautiful effort. Fans of Mark Lanegan’s Field Songs will especially adore the haunting ‘Hello Death,’ and this frankly phenomenal, gloom-laden lullaby almost single-handedly justifies all the critical praise heaped upon the tunesmith over the years. Other stand-outs include the brooding, bluesy rocker ‘When Love It Starts Leaving,’ the acoustic guitar and piano-based ‘The First To Know’ and the wistful, whistling ‘This Deathly Charm,’ which sees Shiels-and that inimitable Ulster Scots heavy croon of his-in vintage form.

EDWIN McFEE

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