So… an English dude singing about his friends while playing the acoustic guitar… hmm, I can already hear you thinking that you’ve heard this before.
Yes, there are a couple of similarities that you could draw between Rob Lynch and Frank Turner. But you’d be cutting Lynch short by calling him a mere copycat. The songs on “All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul” are simply too good for that.
Check out the sing-along-y “My Friends And I”, which previously appeared on an EP, the equally sing-along-y “Broken Bones” or the moving track that is “Whiskey”. It’s in songs like these that Lynch shows what he has up his sleeve and apparently it’s quite a lot. Doesn’t matter whether it’s just Lynch and his guitar or if he has souped things up a little with a full band… the guy knows how to write a song!
Unfortunately not all of them are equally good throughout the entire album. Especially in the second half, there are a couple of tracks that don’t quite live up to the high standards he set in the first half. “Hand Grenade” for example shouldn’t have made the cut if you ask me.
It makes “All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul” an album that shows a modern troubadour that is well on his way to making a name for himself but who is not quite yet at the top of his game. I’m pretty sure though he’ll be there with his next album.