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Marks their emergence as one of folk's leading duos,
This review is from: The Innocent Left (Audio CD)
I've been following Gilmore & Robert's career since picking up their first album at a Kerfuffle gig three or four years ago. It's always been a pleasure listening to their music - it leaves you assured that that the future of folk is in safe hands.
While their first two albums have been a good listen, this third offering is in another league. No doubt the addition of an external producer has helped but I think mostly it's just the maturity of the song writing that really shines through on this disk. Katriona in particular has always had the ability to write songs with a wisdom much older than her years (check out the wonderful 'travelling in time' from their first album.) This time, however, Jamie has matched her with the thoughtful 'Louis' (which is just asking, by the way, to be covered by Show of Hands, sung by Phil), whilst she, in response, has come up with her best set of songs yet - 'Dr James,', 'Shuffle and Deal' and 'Letters.'
This is a folk album with everything - historical stories ('Dr James'), commentary on people ('Louis'), songs about life ('Letters' & 'Shuffle & Deal'), well played tunes ('Seven Left For Dead' & 'Over Snake Pass) , a dry sense of humour ('Scarecrow', 'Silver Screen' and 'The Stealing Arm') and even a version of a traditional song ('False Knight'). It's an absolute joy to listen to.
My only worry is the timing of the release of the CD - coming as it does amongst a whole raft of releases from some of folk's 'heavyweights' - Show of Hands, Bellowhead, Lau. I hope it doesn't get lost in some people's sights as a result - because, really, this is one of the best folk albums I have purchased in a very long time. If they're not nominated in at least 3 categories in the next BBC folk awards (Best Album, Best Duo and Best Song - probably for Dr James) it will be a travesty.