Review: Gilmore And Roberts ‘The Innocent Left’

Folk duo Gilmore & Roberts return with their third album The Innocent Left.

With The Innocent Left we are greeted with a new approach from the the pairing, opting to go for a band rather than the titled pairing. Produced by Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee) giving the album more of a indie/pop background and this plays out through the album, creating catchy melodies to go along with the more usual harmonies that we have known from the pair.

The album begins with Scarecrow and the presence of the backing band is instantly felt as the bass drum kicks the song into life. Whilst the band provide a much fuller sound to the album a softer approach is felt on some songs, the stand out being Letters, a song based on Katriona Gilmore’s great-grandmother who worked for the world service during World War II and is based around waiting for word of her son who was away fighting. The story encapsulates a the real sense of fear and then frustration based in such a situation.

From Katriona’s Dr. James, a tale of the Victorian true-life caesarian pioneer Dr. James Barry to Jamie’s everyday reflection on a regular customer at the Subway on Louis Was A Boxer these two have a great way of interpreting stories from history to those of our everyday lives.

This album is a really interesting offering, something new from the pair in respect of the backing band additions whilst still keeping true to their harmonising story-based lyrics, creating several songs that you can find yourself getting lost in.

 The Innocent Left is available now on CD and Digital Download.


Author: Stephen Beavis

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