Album Review... Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices

Blood Red Shoes are back and with their most ambitious album yet! Laura-Mary Carter described the album: "With this album we totally threw out the rulebook of how we write and record" Recorded at The Motor Museum in Liverpool with old friend and co-producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Tribes). You can buy ‘Cold’ on March 19th and the album on March 26th, you can find pre-order links at their website (which is linked at the bottom of the page)

In Time To Voices:
The opening to the track sounds so slick and polished, Blood Red Shoes are back and they mean business. From the off you can hear that Laura’s vocals have matured over since the last recording, I guess it’s down to perfecting their live show! With her and Steven at the helm this song has head banger written all over it. I can’t help this but you have to love the riff that Laura introduces into the song around the 2:30 mark, it really adds depth to what is already a great track!
Out of 10: 8/10

Lost Kids:
Steven is the main vocalist here and after a great first this one continues along the same line, stunning to say the least! This reminds me of their early work and that’s not a bad thing, love their d├ębut album! The part of the track that makes it for me is the breakdown at 75 seconds in, just the guitar standing on its own twanging away with nothing but the delay pedal providing extra sound. The track builds up into a massive orgy of noise and “gets buried anyway”.
Out of 10: 9/10

Cold:
The onslaught of drums of fast paced drums welcome you into their first single off the album, the song has already been doing the rounds on the internet so I’m sure you know what it sounds like, if not. This is a great track to judge the new album by, mature vocals from the duo and amazing musicianship by the pair of them.
Out of 10: 8/10

Two Dead Minutes:
A chilling slow song with a dark edge with hush duel vocals that instantly warms you to the track. The song ends in a whirlwind of guitar swirls, ferocious drum beats and echoing vocals, maybe the most beautiful track they’ve ever crafted. I take my hat off to the duo, a remarkable song!
Out of 10: 10/10

The Silence and the Drones:
A slow start to the song, but then Mary comes in with her vocals caressing the guitar like a soft silk scarf upon your neck, her singing is so smooth it’s memorising. Then comes the distortion in the guitar, here is where Blood Red Shoes come good, the song ebbs and flows brilliantly and finally ends with some beautiful strings!
Out of 10: 8/10

Night Light:
The song is in essence an Anti-Folk song, with tambourines, acoustic guitars, piano keys and Laura’s unforgettable vocals all over it. Steven comes in and adds to the atmosphere, but there isn’t much else to say apart from be prepared, it’s like nothing they’ve done before. But I still love this none-the-less!
Out of 10: 8/10



Je Me Perds:
A French title but not a sight of French in the lyrics, this is a rampant song that only lasts 90 seconds. With very fast drumming, heavily distorted guitars and distorted vocals this track is yet again a new sound to the band, this sounds more Hardcore and Noise-Rock, but yet again, they’ve pulled it off with precision!
Out of 10: 8/10

Stop Kicking:
The track starts off with the guitar fading in and the sound of Laura’s distinctive assortment of pedals making that distortion sound that I love. This track primarily has Steven on vocal duty and might I say it’s a outstanding performance considering when they’ll be playing live he’ll be singing this, but why? The drumming sound like it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but knowing these two it’ll be a walk in the park!
Out of 10: 9/10

Slip Into The Blue:
Just as ‘Night Light’ this song has a Folk feel to it, maybe it’s the acoustic guitar or the folk sound of the drum beats but when you see past that you can’t help but admire the wah’s coming from the guitar in the chorus. I don’t know how this is going to sound live if it’s the two of them, but on record this is one of the stand out tracks! You get greeted by a wall of sound towards the end of the song which seems to be the complete reverse of what you initially think the song to be when listing to it first. But still, great nevertheless!
Out of 10: 8/10

Down Here In The Dark:
So we’re getting towards the end of the album, one more to go after this, but this doesn’t mean the standard is going to drop. This could so easily sound like a song from ‘Fire Like This’ with the way it’s projected, the production on this track makes the track what it is. You can hear everything that’s going on here, even if it’s a down right dirty rock track we love this track down to that and the duel vocals that caresses the song all the way through!
Out of 10: 8/10

7 Years:
This is the start of the last song on the album, and I think it’s the best we’ve heard. They’ve learnt the easy way, end the album on a high, and this track is the pinnacle of the album. When you pick up your copy be sure to stay tuned in all the way through, it’s been a great ride, and I know you’re going to love it as much as we have!
Out of 10: 8.5/10

Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices
Out of 10: 8.4/10



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