Singer/songwriter, Robyn Carrigan, has a powerful and evocative voice. Lyrically, her songs are rich and full of literary beauty. “Diamond Ring” is a gorgeous reflection of heartache. “Love is too short, Death is too long, You can’t explain it in a song.” The imagery she conjures up has a cinematic vibe, along with many poetic muses. “Minefield”, is another penned Carrigan tune, and continues her contemplation about love. She has a wonderful ability to distance herself from the past yet not lose sight from this experience. This evaluation has allowed Carrigan to accept love’s beauty, irony and pain.
Scott Smith contributes lighter songs. His lyrics and vocals fit the adult contemporary style. The title song, “Late Nights, Early Mornings” is a pained pop little ditty that is full of want and wonder.
The final song, “No Spoke On Your Wheel”, is a theatrical showdown of murder and redemption. It cautionary folkloric style is rife with black humour, allowing Carrigan to delve into a pit of darkness that is captivating.
Late Nights, Early Mornings, requires some time but the gems are worth it.
- Timothy Hawkins