Adrian Duffy & The Mayo Brothers
Let Somebody Love You (EP)
Love Songs Crackling With Americana Passion
A couple of months ago United We Fall; the second album by this brotherly combo arrived in my world like a breath of fresh air, and these reworking of a couple of tracks will make you feel like you are standing on top of a mountain.
Lifted straight from the album; opening track, the achingly gorgeous Let Somebody Love You is surely destined for worldwide radio play. I usually try to avoid using the word ‘commercial’ in reviews as it tends to have negative connotations these days; but this song is ‘commercial’ in a good sense and if the Hipsters can see beyond the end of their beards, they should happily share this song with people who just ‘like a bit of music on the radio’ and not just ‘uber-cool stuff.’
I particularly liked Having It All on the album too; but this stripped back acoustic version
is quite breathtaking; especially the guitar and mandolin interplay, and the pain in Duffy’s voice will make ladies of ‘a certain age’ just want to cuddle him to ‘make everything feel better.’
Push Those Keys passed me by the first time on the album; but here the acoustic version takes a simple song onto a whole new level; and borders on the Country Rock made famous by The Band and even early Eagles.
The EP closes with an acoustic version of the album title track United We Fall and again; the use of simple instruments and Duffy’s distinctively emotive voice direct you at the intelligent and articulate lyrics and story therein.
I’ve said it before and no doubt I will say it again in ten years time, if Adrian Duffy and the Mayo Brothers came from Charleston instead of somewhere near Charlton in South London the national music press would be falling over themselves with praise; but no doubt, they will persevere in their quest to bring a down home slice of Americana into British homes for all to enjoy.
Released 23rd October 2015