After quite a while away from recording, Steve Roberts releases this new album, and it’s been worth the wait, as far as I’m concerned! Although he has been very busy on the live gig front, he’s kept a little bit of a low profile on the recorded release front. In fact, over 10 years have elapsed since his last official release, which may seem a little extraordinary to some maybe, but a true artist knows when they’re ready to share and say something to the listening public, then, and only then, do you do so. Well, we have waited a fair old while now Steve, so I’m looking forward to hearing your latest work, as I’m sure the rest the music loving aficionados are too! Liverpool born Steve, and one time front man of the band 16 Tambourines, is a well respected singer/songwriter and all round musician – a true musicians, musician in fact too. On this recording he’s brought together a great collection of fine musicians and friends, to help him bring this collection to auditory life. He’s a terrific voice, powerful and expressive, but also capable of such subtlety, to both make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, or a tear slowly descend down your cheek. A nice info sheet is included in the disc, detailing all the talented participants on this recording, and a few personal thoughts from Steve himself. I’ve chosen a few highlights from the CD to try and give you a little flavour of the extraordinary variety of songs on the recording, but you should definitely get yourself a copy and listen to whole album. When you do, get a glass of something nice, and smooth, sit back and put the recording on from the beginning – enjoy! Check out: Steverobertsmusic.com to get a copy and find out more about him, gigs, etc, etc, you won’t be disappointed. I’ll certainly be sharing these songs with the wider world on my show on Fab Radio International too.
‘The Sunny One’
Having played this track already a few times on my show, I love this, from the flute intro, and through the band accompaniment – such a tight ensemble of players. The vocal line is here is stunning too.
‘From Speke to Waterloo’
Another great track, with the story told with emotive expression. Jangling 12 string guitar, sounding almost mandolin like here, nice touch, with the beautiful harmonica lines. It was good to imagine myself in the song, as I know both Speke Hall and Waterloo pretty well.
Again, some great harmonica playing, whilst his voice, accompanied by his rhythmic , Country/Americana feel guitar, sounds terrific. The backing vocals/harmony add another great touch to the song too.
‘Cruel Dark Place’
A strong rock, upbeat song, with some running down Bass line. the addition of the rhythmic clapping alongside the catchy chorus – you just have to join in, as it’s quite hypnotic song, especially on repeated hearings, which is a good thing, in my eyes, or ears.
‘Go to Bed’
The final track on the album. Both the flute and guitar playing here are great. The lyrics are brilliant too, with a few lines contained within, which sound like a convincing story/reflection of many a musicians life – just listen to the fabulous chorus, and you’ll get what I mean. The middle 8 too, is a dream one, and the addition of the ticking clock at the very end of the song is a great touch, love it. All the instrumentalists are a bit like the 3 musketeers – all for one, and, one for all, in their performances, providing a totally suitable ending to a really great album, which I’ll be playing regularly on the airwaves.
So, to sum up. Another fabulous recording from the creative musical spirit, that is , Steve Roberts. Thanks for sharing these excellent songs with us, and I’m sure I say for all – please don’t leave too long before adding to your recording catalogue!!