Hailing from Lincolnshire, but honing his craft in London, singer/songwriter Rob Lynch has had quite a rollercoaster of a year. After releasing three EPs under the name Lost On Campus and one after reverting back to his birth name, Lynch celebrates his debut full-length record in the shape of ‘All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’.
For some, a few songs on here will be familiar. ‘My Friends & I’ and ‘Whiskey’ are re-recordings from past releases. However, the remainder is fresh to both new listeners and familiars alike. Championing a stripped back acoustic style, Lynch sings of companionship and times when life tests those relationships. Full of sing-along songs and sombre melodies (notably ‘Some Nights’), the record puts its listener through the motions at times.
Perhaps Lynch‘s ace up his sleeve is his ability to drag you in to join in the choruses (‘Broken Bones’). Though, on first listen, it may seem like any other songwriter’s attempt to write a catchy hook to sell a record to you. Eventually, it becomes unbearable to not begin to quietly whisper the lyrics to yourself before eventually joining in full flow, like when your favourite song comes on in the pub and you’ve had a few pints.
Admittedly, though, this joyous feeling doesn’t manifest song after song. Sometimes Lynch‘s signature stripped back style is deadened by a somewhat obligatory implementation of other instrumentation. Granted, Lynch isn’t the first musician of his kind to do this, and to lambast him for trying this would be harsh. But, unfortunately, looking at the body of work, it’s difficult not to find less enjoyment with some tracks due to this.
Enjoyable, intoxicating and somewhat sombre, ‘All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’ captures Lynch at exactly what he does best. Though it may suffer in areas from an overload of instrumentation, there’s still plenty here to enjoy regardless. For a debut full-length, it certainly offers Lynch food for thought for future projects.
Written by Calvin Robinson (@CalvParty)
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