Vinyl We'd Love To See Re-pressed: Gemma Hayes "Night On My Side"

Irish Vinyl We'd Love To See Re-pressed: Gemma Hayes "Night On My Side"

Album Spotlight: Gemma Hayes - "Night On My Side"

Gemma Hayes burst onto the music scene with her debut album "Night On My Side" in 2002, an evocative blend of folk rock and indie pop that earned her critical acclaim and a dedicated following. Released during a renaissance period for Irish music, Hayes' album stands out for its emotional depth and complex songwriting. It's a record that resonates deeply with listeners, making it a prime candidate for our list of Irish albums we'd love to see repressed on vinyl.

Album Overview

"Night On My Side" showcases Gemma Hayes' versatile musical style, effortlessly weaving between ethereal ballads and more gritty, electric tracks. The album's sound is a delicate balance of soft acoustic melodies and more robust, distorted guitar work, a dichotomy that mirrors the thematic content of the album—explorations of vulnerability and strength.

Critical Reception

Upon its release, "Night On My Side" was met with widespread praise. Critics lauded Hayes for her ability to convey deep personal emotion, with the Irish Times noting her "knack for sublime, understated melodies." The album garnered a Mercury Prize nomination, cementing Hayes' status as a significant new talent in the Irish music scene.

Key Tracks

One of the standout tracks, "Hanging Around," encapsulates the album's dual nature—pairing melancholic lyrics with an upbeat tempo. "Let a Good Thing Go" is another highlight, showcasing Hayes' lyrical prowess and her skill in crafting catchy, yet profound, music.

Legacy and Influence

Despite being released over two decades ago, "Night On My Side" remains relevant, influencing a new generation of singer-songwriters who seek to blend folk sensibilities with alternative rock. Hayes' work on this album continues to be a touchstone for artists exploring personal and sonic landscapes.

Vinyl Repress

As part of our campaign to celebrate and preserve iconic Irish music, we at and Zhivago Gifts in Galway believe that a repress of "Night On My Side" on vinyl would not only celebrate Gemma Hayes' contribution to music but also introduce her soul-stirring debut to new listeners. The warmth and richness of vinyl would lend a new dimension to the album's acoustic tracks, while offering fans a tangible connection to the music.

Gemma Hayes' "Night On My Side" is more than just an album; it's a journey through the highs and lows of human emotion, rendered in beautiful melodies and poignant lyrics. A vinyl repress would ensure that this important piece of Irish music heritage continues to be enjoyed for generations to come. Keep an eye on our collection at and in-store at Zhivago Gifts for the latest on this and other vinyl represses.

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