Album Review for Robbie Reay’s new album – Up and Down – Released Independently.

Loving the vibe on this new release from Robbie Reay, ten original songs influenced heavily by an authentic delta blues inflexion. There are different styles, blues, roots, even folk influences.

There is a real flow to the construction in lyrics and tempo. The opener is an up-tempo tune, Skylark, this has some consummate fingerpicking. Up and Down is a catchy call and response tune in the delta blues vein.

2020 Blues chugs along nicely with a heavy beat, definitely a song for our days just now with the world pandemic.

Crossroads 2 has some signature laid back slide guitar riffs. The ballad, Just The Same epitomises Robbie’s sense of crafted songwriting and really pulls the listener in and plays with your emotions.

This Time has a bit of a country twist, a melancholic love song. Hold Me Close, again is full-on delta blues with a twist of roots, another atmospheric love song. Satisfy My Roll is an up-tempo tongue in cheek fun tune that works well live.

Ain’t Got No Biscuit has got shades of gospel blues exhibiting more intricate guitar playing. You’re In My Soul is the folky one, reminiscently Dylanesque. Lyrics are very emotive and sung with a relentless passion.

This release captures a live feeling and honest songwriting, contemporary blues at its best and stripped down. It is a real DIY release with Robbie even doing the artwork, inspired by his recent visit to the Mississippi delta. The tones of which will resonate on this fabulous release.

Album Review by Colin Campbell

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