- Released: March 21, 2006
- Label: Cooking Vinyl
Dirty Linen - p.51
"The album is quieter and more intimate than his early work, yet both his guitar and voice have deepened with a new warmth and depth that are unparalleled."
- 2.First Light Of Spring
- 5.Miracle Cure
- 6.Peace On Earth
- 7.Gypsy Music
- 8.City Of Chicago
- 11.No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
- 12.Thank You For Bringing Me Here
- 13.Larry Redican's Bow
- 14.Doing The Best I Can
- 15.I Am Not At War
Personnel: Luka Bloom (vocals, guitar, mandola); Luka Bloom; Ruth Smith (vocals); Kenneth Edge (clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone); Joe Csibi (double bass); Pat Collins (fiddle); Ray Fean (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Brian Masterson.
Recording information: Blacktrench, County Kildare.
Photographer: Giorgia Bertazzi.
Unknown Contributor Role: Ray Fean.
Arranger: Luka Bloom.
Irish musician Luka Bloom is a singer-songwriter's singer-songwriter, and INNOCENCE is one of his most considered, accomplished, and beautiful records. The mood here is very hushed, with Bloom's acoustic guitar and resonant tenor front and center, while acoustic bass, woodwinds, and other instruments float in and out of the mix adding subtle patches of color.
Like a priest or a poet, Bloom writes on the most profound questions of the heart: love, identity, faith, forgiveness, and innocence. The songs approach these intimate matters as if touching an exposed nerve, and Bloom is so nakedly earnest at times that he borders on melodramatic. Remarkably, INNOCENCE manages to stay wholly credible, thanks entirely to the purity of Bloom's songcraft and the deeply felt emotion circulating throughout.