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In life, we are often held back by limitations that are either of our own making or unjustly placed upon us. Laura Mary Carter and Steven Ansell chose to be a guitar and drums duo, and for their third album they’ve beaten their self-imposed restrictions. ‘In Time To Voices’ is a mature, multi-layered album that marks a step forward in their sonic journey where their last saw them standing still.

The steel edged ‘Cold’ drips with tight rolling drums, dual vocals and firm melodies that serve as a bridge between BRS past and their more dynamic present, while ‘Je Me Perds’ shows a riotous explosion of Nirvana-esque frustration, and ‘Slip Into The Blue’ holds rich Pixies-style overtones to its guitar lines. Despite – or perhaps because of – their rigid limitations, Blood Red Shoes have stuck at it to pull of the well-heeled whiskey, better-with-age trick. Good for them.

By Nathan Westley

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