"Congratulations Jim on a wonderful album The Innocent - having a wee listen now and am very touched by your sincerity throughout the album, Loving all the songs but really like Sand in our Shoes (loving your guitar playing too Jim) The more I play it, the more I'm enjoying it Jim, well done again for this musical masterpiece." Bernie Devlin
The Bluesbunny gives The Innocent four carrots "The Innocent is his best album to date...."
"A huge thank you to Mr Jim Byrne, recieved the album yesterday....Its superb beyond words!!!!!!! Alan Grant
"And after just 2 plays, a highly recommended album it is too." Mike Morrison of www.americanrootsuk.com
"Congratulations on your wonderful new album, Jim. Some lovely, chilled out ambient sounds on it, it contains your best songs yet." Ciaran Dorris Celtic Music Radio
Your cd is brilliant! sounds really great your voice is amazing ! People will love this album:) Steven Leonard
"I love 'Sand in our Shoes'... it's beautiful..." Linda Harnett
"Just listened to the new album, sounds fantastic. Deffo your best" Robert Ruthven of the Creeping Charlies
"Congradulations on the new CD Jim!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing! "Helen St Helen
"I can thoroughly recommend this fabulous album - it's real chill-out music that gets right under your skin! Love it!! " Jane Fairnie
"Now and again though, an amazing new album from a guitar-based band will cross my radar, and I'm hooked. You will be too. Think of the gentler moments of Tom Waits crossed with Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan and you'll get a rough idea of his sound." Blair Millen in The Letter
I can't get them out of my head. I think the whole CD is terrific - such a range of vocal and instrumental talent.† The vocal backing is subtle and gentle, and the lyrics smooth and clean.† I love the sharpness of the 'knife' on track 2!† You've got a great voice, Jim and such a range, smooth yet at times gravelly!† The variety of instruments is amazing, and I really go for Peter Byrne's whistling on track 10!† Moira Laws
The Innocent builds on what Jim is known for: songwriting influenced by early 20th century American music. Jim's deep craggy voice is a hypnotic mix of old-time crooner, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and phrasing that at times evokes Leonard Cohen.
The new songs have a nostalgic impulse, a hankering for more innocent times. Most are laid-back, comforting even (balm for hard times?). There's a strangeness, too, though. Should the lullaby Sleepy Head be sung to a crying baby or feature in a horror film, implying awful goings-on just out of sight?
As on Jim's previous album, he's joined by some of Glasgow's best musicians, notably Yvonne Lyon (delicate piano on Sleepy Head) and virtuoso guitarist and banjo picker Graham Mackintosh (Satisfied Mind, Thirteen). Jimís brother, Peter Byrne, adds harmonic richness on backing vocals (check the chorus on Sand in your Shoes) as does Glasgow singer songwriter Dinny (Two Empty Chairs, You Are A Good Friend Of Mine).
The album's left-field songwriting is complemented by a production that takes a weird route at times. As well as the tuba on Two Empty Chairs (which might remind you of a German oompah band), the percussion on Fancy Wooden Box is supplied by hitting an armchair with a wooden mallet. The backing beat on You Are a Good Friend of Mine employs a Nike shoe box, a Ewan MacColl CD cover and a Bic pen (it had to be a Ewan MacColl CD cover, no other CD would have had the same effect). And to top it all there is a concerted effort to bring whistling back into fashion on, When The Sun Shines on Me.