Folk Words UK Reviews
‘Daybreak’ - Richard Gilbert - sharing personal and private recollections
(January 11, 2018)
Even though his songs come with a particular charisma determined by deep-seated memories of moments good and times bad, Richard Gilberts songs have a strangely gentle and contemplative quality. The spirit of these songs is one of observation, reflection and deliberation. This is a songwriter sharing some personal and private recollections and along the way, making you think.
His latest EP, ‘Daybreak’ is another outing for those musings on the vagaries of life and living with its outcomes. There’s only six songs on ‘Daybreak’, which is something of a shame, however with songs that hit the mark like ‘Stranger’s Smile’, the ever optimistic ‘I’ll Never Give Up On Love’, the revealed understanding of ‘I’ll Say Goodbye’ and the redolent honesty within ‘Daybreak’. This is essentially an album for those quiet moments when you leave the hustle behind, share in some meditative moments and thanks to Gilbert’s work, immerse yourself in concentration for yourself.
‘I Love The Night’ by Richard Gilbert - a perfect soundtrack for a ‘road movie’
Folk Words UK Review (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).
Denton Record Chronicle Review:
"I Love the Night is Denton folk artist Richard Gilbert’s quiet EP on matters of the heart." "Gilbert’s music is always sincere. I Love the Night isn’t a departure from what has come before, but it is somehow more bare and — at turns — affecting."
- Lucinda Breeding, Denton Record Chronicle (Sep 19, 2015)
“Richard Gilbert song writing excellence Richard Gilbert is music and songwriting distilled down to its most no nonsense, make no bones about it, essence. Starkly beautiful, easy and fluid songs flow one into the other. Stories told by a man who has seen a thing or two while retaining a tender view of life. Richard shares sonic snapshots reminding you of the last days of fall when the air is still sweet, summer long gone and the first hints of winter creep into your peripheral vision. Best with a glass of wine or high quality brew, pick a quiet evening, sit back and savor Richard Gilbert ”
- Brian Lambert, My Baby Robot (Sep 14, 2011)