Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It (album review)

by Woody on February 9, 2018

Photo by Cal Quinn

Ruby Boots is the latest addition to the Bloodshot family. With her mix of outlaw twang bravado and power pop, it was easy for me to be reminded of another top-notch Bloodshot act – Lydia Loveless. Ruby Boots is the stage name of Australian native and recent Nashville transplant, Bex Chillcott. For her sophomore effort, she was able to land The Texas Gentlemen as her backing band which is always a good thing.

The album opens with the suggestive fuzzed out Don’t Be Cruel, a track dealing with a sexual encounter that shouldn’t happen but is doomed to end poorly. A few songs later, Break My Heart Twice is a wonderful ballad that wouldn’t sound of place on the debut by Lucius. The album continues with I’ll Make It Through, a mid-tempo piece about perseverance. But then towards the end, is the show-stopper. The a capella I Am a Woman. A defiant and powerful message during the times we find ourselves.

“I am a believer / Standing strong by your side / I’m the hand to hold onto / When it’s too hard to try… I am a woman / Do you know what that means / You lay it all on the line / When you lay down with me.”

The variety on this album is what takes it to another level. Chilcott delivers throughout and needless to say the production and backing band are top-notch as well. Add Don’t Talk About It to the ever-growing list of excellent albums put out by our friends at Bloodshot.

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