Album Review//Robert Vincent::Life in Easy Steps

Liverpool's music scene is a buzzing one and we should know, as it's our local scene. The city is home to many singer-songwriters of innumerable talents and styles and one of the rising stars of the scene is Robert Vincent, whose Americana tinged acoustic songs are a genuine treat for the ear.

Americana tinged rock is not an unusual prospect in the Liverpool music scene and the latest release to touch on that sacred genre is Robert Vincent's debut album Life In Easy Steps. When we saw Robert in action at a gig a few weeks back we were impressed duly with what we saw and it was therefore a pleasure to hear the album he teased at during that set.

The disc opens quietly, creeping up on the listener almost in the quietly strummed form of Light of the Stars. It's a subtle yet ear-catchingly urgent plea to the listener and it impresses, with the Americana influences hidden until the chorus kicks in. Burns Cry takes a more melodic approach with wistful modern feel that evokes the prairies of a very emotive plain easily. On Riots Cry the big sounds kicks in, with a fuller production and urgent acoustic hook and vocal that really bring life to the record.

The title track, Life in Easy Steps also has a nice, progressive beat about it and the everyone-can-relate topic is a perfect companion to some excellent music. It's perhaps one of the key tracks of the album but in terms of sheer joy and musicianship    The Passage is a definite highlight. The fiddle infused ode to enjoying life is a joy to listen to, summing up the ideas behind the album neatly and perfectly melodically. As the album closes we hear the excellent My Pill it's restrained and reverbed production bringing much to it's enjoyment. It's sense of reminiscence makes the moment the band comes together into a triumphant denouement a magic one indeed. 

One to savor like the best Americana we say. 

Reviewed by Sebastian Gahan. 

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