Robert Randolph grew up playing Gospel music on the pedal steel guitar, an instrument with a distinctive (and beautiful) sound. He’s backed by the family band – and that’s not just a name, they are members of his family.
The album opens with “Baptise me” with clear links back to his musical roots.
The first song released from the album was “Have Mercy”. Again the Gospel roots are clear to hear in this beautiful song..
The last song on the album is “Strange train”. It’s got a fast upbeat rhythm and an infectiously catchy feel to it.
This is a fantastic album. The music is beautiful and there’s so much detail that comes through as you listen. For example as you listen to “I need you”, the first impression is of the beautiful vocals, the drums and the guitar, but as you listen more you start noticing the subtle keyboards in the background giving a rich organ sound in places, or a piano sound in others. It’s not even the main keyboard bits you notice, it’s the more subtle little touches that add to the song too.
I suppose this album fits under the very broad “Blues” category but with the R&B and Gospel sounds it includes then it’s really an album that spans genres and is better for it. It’s a really enjoyable album to listen to and stands out from the crowd as something a bit different and well worth a listen.
“Brighter days” will be released on 23rd August 2019
1. Baptise me
2. Don’t fight it
3. Simple man
4. Have mercy
5. Cut em loose
6. Second hand man
7. Cry over me
8. I need you
9. I’m living off the love you give
10. Strange train