For his 10th album, Archie Roach has delivered a stirring collection of new songs about music’s oldest topic: love. “You know I love this country,” Roach sings in the title track, “every rock and every tree.” But he also knows that not everything is right in his country: “I cover up my ears, so I cannot hear the voices of hate and the voices of fear.”
The big-hearted Roach is a reassuring presence in troubled times. (“I’ll always be here,” he states simply.) Backed by a brilliant band – bass player Steve Hadley, drummer Dave Folley, violinist Jen Anderson, piano man Bruce Haymes and backing singer Nancy Bates – Roach and producer Craig Pilkington have crafted an album of understanding and compassion, hope and healing: “Love can make your spirits sing – it’s everything.”
Roach is joined by the impressive Emma Donovan for Love Sweet Love; the Dhungala Children’s Choir and Short Black Opera Company send Let Love Rule and No More Bleeding soaring, and Roach sings of the redemptive power of the Mighty Clarence River: “Be free, gotta be free.” Let Love Rule is a gift to the nation. Songs for the soul.
Let Love Rule is out now via Liberation.