Album Review: "To Leave / To Be Left" by Robbie Cavanagh

Hey guys! 

There are many perks when you run a music blog.
And there's no point in denying that.

I remember getting my first pre-release sent over (it was Tom Odell's debut album) - and freaking out about listening to an album that wasn't released yet.

Years later, I'm way more routined when it comes to this - and I'm also slightly more professional. (I think.)

But I still get excited about secrets. Especially when I enjoy the "secret music".

Recently I got a sweet pre-listen of Robbie Cavanagh's album and today I get to share my review with you.

Artist: Robbie Cavanagh
Title: To Leave / To Be Left
Genre: Folk, Americana
Label: At The Helm Records
Release Date: 13th October 2017

Robbie Cavanagh is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
His music can be genrefied as Americana as most of his songs are guitar and vocal based - yet there's more to him than that.

His album "The State Of Maine" consists of handcrafted, storytelling and relatable songs presented as interesting and lively tracks.

The musician keeps releasing fantastic songs as well as touching music videos and is gigging his way through the UK.
On February 24th Robbie released his new single "Godsend", which he previously performed for Mahogany Sessions, as the first single off of his brand new record "To Leave / To Be Left".

So let's check it out!

1) Get Out Alive
2) Godsend
3) Love Comes Quickly
4) Still Talkin'
5) Reverence
6) Scars
7) Let You Down
8) Fool
9) Roles Reversed
10) Sleep Now
11) He's Alone

Opener "Get Out Alive" welcomes you with huge, anthem-like elements and lets you know that you're about to indulge a magical record.
Whilst the verses keep it rather simple, Robbie showcases his voice, as well as composing skills in the chorus.
The big choruses and soft verses created such brilliant contrast, yet they still hold hands in unity.

"Love Comes Quickly" sounds familiar, yet unique. 
It feels like a warm hug from a stranger.
Maybe that was a bad metaphor, but the song is such a fascinating track, because of how calming and comforting it sounds. The percussions are a steady element, but don't steal the limelight from Robbie's warm and expressive vocals.

"Scars" wins you over with stunning harmonies, gorgeous instrumentations and vivid lyrics. The guitars in the song underline the intensity with such grace and determination, leaving you gasping for air.

"Fool" seems like a bluesy, souly and bold statement - it has a very natural, yet very intense build-up which immediately grabs your attention and doesn't let go of you. Whether you can relate to the heartfelt lyrics or not, you'll end up feeling emotional due to the intimate deliverance of the vocals. 

To sum it up: "To Leave / To Be Left" is one of those albums that will accompany you throughout the years. It's not just "a phase", it's a friend. You get acquainted with songs within very little time and you'll find a soundtrack for life.
It's timeless, it's stunning and it should be in your record collection

You should listen to these tracks: Scars, Let You Down, Fool

- get a physical copy of the record here -

Robbie Cavanagh online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Robbie Cavanagh


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