Album Review: “Don’t Talk About It” – Ruby Boots

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“Don’t Talk About It” is something we have got to talk about it. Released on the 9th of February, Ruby Boots’ latest album is a tornado of heavy guitar, sharp vocals and constant diversions in style which work cohesively through each track. Western Australian born, Ruby Boots – AKA Bex Chilcott – is known to have itchy feet. Constantly travelling, her inspirations are strongly portrayed in her variation of style in each song. Currently based in Nashville, she recorded the album alongside The Texas Gentlemen, a Dallas-based collection of studio musicians and sidemen. Ruby Boots’ has connected to the styles of women with strong and powerful demeanours, such as Angel Olsen and PJ Harvey, shown so heavily within the album.

The album’s opener, “It’s So Cruel” starts us off with a roar of grungy guitar riffs and rough vocals, which mirrors the dirty and unstable relationship she’s so willing to work for, noted in the lyrics. With such a heavy start to the album, you’d hardly expect the next track to include doo-wop beats and pinched strings. “Believe in Heaven” begins with that Western American style, using dramatic pizzicato guitar riffs, deep electric guitar harmonics and solitary bass drum beats. The track quickly transforms into the classic rock song with grungy vocals and electric guitar riffs you expected to begin with.

Title track, “Don’t Talk About it”, introduces hollow acoustic guitar sounds, synths and steady drum beats against Chilcott’s warm vocals. The song brings us back down to earth with a level-headed Nashville style rock song. Its rhythmic beats and harmonies tied with the vulnerable lyrics and vocal tones are what allow this song to be the strongest of the album. Plus, it’s really catchy – so watch out for ear-worms.

The album is tied together with the final track of the album, “Don’t Give a Damn”. Starting off as a completely stripped back track featuring the old faithful acoustic guitar, piano and maracas, and un-produced vocals, it later re-introduces heavy electric guitar as well as chanted vocal harmonies, punchy electric guitar and piano solos, where Chilcott shows off her huge vocal range.

For those that have followed Ruby Boots around for some time, you’ll know that her past is full of adventures and mishaps. “Don’t Talk About It” is a journey that covers various musical and emotional ground that reflects vulnerability and strength. This is captured in her striking voice that reveals the battle wounds and anecdotes of her past and her incredible resilience, and it is such an easy album to immerse yourself in.

Words by Kat Tame

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