Review – The Herron Brothers – The Last Ones Left

The Herron Brothers

Self-proclaimed indie pop group, The Herron Brothers, are due to grace the stages of Nottingham’s Jam Cafe on October 22nd. So – to help you make up your minds about whether to attend this leg of their UK tour – we’ve delved into the depths of their new album to give you all the info you need.

The collection, titled “The Last Ones Left” was released on September 14th. It features upbeat backing and well-synced duets. All-in-all, it’s an album made for brightening long walks.

The collection kicks in with Michael Palin, a bright tune backed with a guitar and drumset. The vocals, an upbeat duet, begin as soon as the song does – the impressive vocal range of these artists giving not-so-happy lyrics a happy outlook.

The Herron Brothers

As the album moves through its paces, it becomes clear that this group knows what it’s good at and won’t stray too far from this.

Tune after tune, including songs like Don’t Let You Down, Tall Doors, Stuck In The Sun and Too Far To Run, all boast the same basic building blocks. An upbeat backing track. A duet to introduce slightly melancholy lyrics.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like these songs aren’t all impressive. They’re exactly what they need to be: good examples of well-produced pop anthems. However, there comes a time in every collection that the listener wants to see what else the artist can do.

Luckily, The Herron Brothers did have a few surprises up their sleeves for their newest collection. Good Guys kicks off slower than most, while Edge Of The World fulfills a more acoustic role than most of the tunes in this album.

Perhaps the best examples of both acoustic intellect and more powerful duets come with songs such as Clear Skies. It begins with one vocalist, a happy song with something different to offer. A duet is introduced half-way through. It breaks the tune up nicely, offering the listener examples of this band’s range without needing a whole collection.

The album’s final song comes in the form of arguably the slowest tune on the tracklist. Just a single voice and a lone piano to back it. Even when another duet kicks in half-way through, the pace of the beat never increases. It’s a memorable finale, one that certainly adds to the success of this collection.

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Alexandra Keene
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Alexandra is a journalism student who loves writing about and reviewing music. She is always looking to explore different artists and genres, and thinks Nottingham is the perfect place to do this.