‘I Love The Night’ by Richard Gilbert - a perfect soundtrack for a ‘road movie’(September 29, 2015)
Richard Gilbert’s songs are image-rich narratives built around insightful lyrics and perfectly placed melodies that reflect on a range of emotions, public and private, making statements you can relate to with messages that touch. His album ‘I Love The Night’ follows that trend but there’s also an enduring theme of travelling within its songs, not merely physical journeying but philosophies of moving on, looking back and restlessness. If there was an album to offer itself as a perfect soundtrack for a ‘road movie’ or ‘right-of-passage’ story, then this is the one – film producers take note.
There’s the same laid back vocals that relate the stories giving them a warmth and ready acceptance that makes you want to take to the journey with Gilbert, just to see where the road goes or where it’s been. ‘This Old Highway’ leads you in, ‘In My Arms’ shares the everyday reality of relationships, while the title track ‘I Love The Night’, takes a pragmatic look back down the road of experience. The album is only six tracks long, which is a shame, but that only makes those of us of a certain age want to hear more of these musical and poetic journeyings, especially if they follow the memory-filled ‘I Would Go’ – love that song .
The artists playing on ‘I Love The Night’ are Richard Gilbert (guitar, lead vocals) Jesse Thompson (upright bass, vocals) and Melisa Ratley (vocals).
Review: Tom Franks