Last year I reviewed Brum-based singer/song-writer Robert Lane‘s excellent EP Ends And Starts (see my review #93). But I think it is also worth saying a few words about his eponymous debut album Robert Lane, which was released a couple of years ago now.
It is a thirteen track album; and typical of Rob’s work, it contains a variety of musical styles – something which I always warm to – various Pop, Rock, and Folky styles being represented; with Jazzy and Country vibes edging in at times too; showing broad and open-minded influences.
There are some really good songs in this collection; reminding me of such diverse luminaries as The Beatles; The Kinks; and The Jam at times; but generally Rob is a unique writer that you really need to listen to for yourself. These are well thought out tunes with good vocal melodies; interesting and well-crafted lyrics, sung beautifully clearly. There are some nice harmonised backing vocals too. I particularly liked ‘You Want It Both Ways’ and ‘Tomorrow’; but I must say they are all fine tracks in this collection.
Rob very ably handles all vocals and guitars + bass, keys and percussion at times too. He is also aided by various other good musicians as necessary. The album comes in a standard jewel case with a basic design, info, thanks, and credits etc. It is available from Rob’s website where you can sample his sounds.
He will be on tour in Germany and the UK throughout April; and in June with Kyshona Armstrong; as well as performing at the Withernsea Festival in August (Check his website). PTMQ