I received a fantastic review from Todd Severin at The Ripple Effect (Ranked as one of the top music sites in the world). Read it in full below.
Rob Finlay – These Words Aren’t Meant for Me
Back in the late 80’s, I became enchanted with a Celtic singer/songwriter named Luka Bloom. Playing a steel string guitar, his singing brogue and delicate, yet fiery arrangements became a sorta theme for my more pensive moods. Now Rob Finlay has come to me to take his place. On his debut, These Words Aren’t Meant for Me, Rob weaves stories and emotions as effortlessly as water flows down the river. Accompanied by his acoustic guitar and some spartan backing instruments, the star here really is Rob’s gorgeous tenor, his songwriting and the moods he evokes.
Technically, Rob is from London, not Ireland, but his songs conjure similar images of desolate, rain-soaked fields of green hills, trees poking through the mist, time standing still in an endless embrace of the somber. Lead off single “Stone Dead & Rising” is a prime example of the skill Rob weaves through is tales. Moody to the point of heartbreaking, Rob’s voice soars and undulates around the mournful melody. Lavish production fleshes this song out, and after hearing it, I’d be convinced it’s an ageless classic from the misty northlands of England. But all 10 songs are just as strong, a mix of the gentle acoustic tenderness of “She’s Give Up on Today,” and the more rousing “Hero.” Start to finish, it’s an album of uncompromising vision and beauty. My new theme for the pensive moods.
Sample the album and download “Stone Dead & Rising” free here http://www.robfinlay.co.uk
Here’s a link to the blog post on the Ripple Effect