Rob’s return to the Foundry Music Lab to record Love Come Down marked 10 years since his first solo album, Dancing With Seagulls. As a nod to this, after ten new tracks there are new recordings of Streets of this town and Dancing with Seagulls. This album received some great reviews from the mainstream press.
Love Come Down was the first of Rob’s albums to be launched with an event. A band including members of Goldsmiths played through the album and the show was supported by a full set from After The Fire.
Rob Halligan – Vovals, Acoustic Guitars, Piano
Graeme Duffin – Electric guitars, Backing Vox
Sandy Jones – Programming, Bass
Maverick Magazine Review
Reviewed by Laura Bethell
Rob’s English roar and songwriting is only half of the appeal…
Opening with the title track Love Come Down, this record is uplifting, powerful and exciting. Rob’s vocals are grainy and unrestrained, with an English roar, he gives the song complexity as the lyrics carve a song about saving the world from turmoil. It’s a great place to start.
His folk songwriting style is matched with a rock approach and this award winning artist is bound to be celebrated for LOVE COME DOWN, his new studio album.
Recorded in the Foundry Music Lab in North Lanarkshire, Rob Halligan is a British artist well deserving of success. Part of me thinks that the joy of an artist like Rob is found in finding him for yourself – the joys of finding an artist whose had a small amount of airplay – someone you almost stumble upon. This is an artist who has the fibres of an inspirational songwriter, whose songs are about trying to make something, whose freedom as an artist leaves him putting out what he feels suits, what he thinks is right. Rest assured I think this album is going to do great things, but I genuinely feel you should catch Rob right now, because right here is raw talent, raw recordings, raw thought and that’s not something you’ll often find.
The rest of the album comes like a breeze to a leaf – it lifts you up, smashes you against a few walls and leaves you floating down the street. I Can’t Make You Walk is a great track, both moving an inspiring, while Fearfully And Wonderfully Made is songwriting gold. The songs vary from uplifting, playful to Ballard-led, and cover every observation of life, my favourite being the closing track, Dancing With Seagulls.
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Midlands-based singer/songwriter Halligan’s new album is the latest in a long line of quality releases that showcase the experienced troubadour’s ability to offer up passionate, heartfelt songs about faith and life in accessible and memorable fashion. With Foundry Music Lab’s dream team of Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones once again at the helm, Halligan’s songs are given the treatment they deserve and numbers such as the call to unity “Common Language” and the God-to-man song “I Can’t Make You Walk” contain the right amount of production polish whilst allowing the man’s trademark gritty vocals and faith-on-sleeve lyrics to shine through. Alongside the more fully-fleshed tracks, this release also sees Halligan in familiar stripped-back territory with the likes of the beautiful piano song “Fearfully And Wonderfully” and the Billy Bragg-like “Pride Of Place” – an ode to the courage of the black athletes who took part in the Nazi-tinged 1936 Berlin Olympics – reflecting the writer’s faith in God and an overriding social conscience respectively. Succeeding in keeping things varied stylistically, the slow blues of “Without Your Fire” prompts a stellar vocal performance from Halligan together with some impassioned guitar work from Duffin whilst remade versions of a couple of older numbers – “Streets Of This Town” and “Dancing With Seagulls” – top another accomplished release.
Living Tradition Review
Rob Halligan is a singer songwriter from the Coventry area. We recently heard him in an afternoon slot at the Cork Folk Festival where, over the course of a very short set, he had the audience on his side and singing his choruses back to him in no time. No mean feat for an artist who, presumably, not many had heard of before. I was impressed. He is no stranger to the studio and Love Come Down is his latest release which features 12 of his own songs. On it, the voice and acoustic guitar combo that we heard in Cork is replaced by a fairly full, electric band sound, so it is a bit more rocked up and a good bit less folky sounding than his solo performance. However, the quality of his songwriting shines through. The songs are well-written and thoughtful in nature, and Rob sings them in his warm and pleasing voice – the same ability to communicate in evidence on the recording as was present on the stage. The songs are predominantly about his Christian faith, and his view of the world and his own life from that perspective. They wouldn’t be out of place in a Christian conference somewhere and yet, because they are so well-written, they stand up equally well in a more general contemporary singer songwriter context. Fearfully And Wonderfully is one of the more reflective tracks, with stripped back piano accompaniment and some of the words taken straight from the Bible. I Can’t Make You Walk’s message is a bit more subtle, and this one is given the full band treatment – its catchy chorus easily gets stuck in your head. Rob is a skilled songwriter and good singer who, on the evidence of this recording, deserves wider acknowledgment. It’s not one for those who like their music on the trad side though. www.robhalligan.co.uk Fiona Heywood