Praise for Never Say Goodbye

RTÉ Lyric FM  - Album Of The Week
RTÉ Radio 1 - Recommends


“With a voice pure and true, Luan Parle sings from the heart but aims for the gut. From lovelorn country ballads to gothic Americana to hard-hitting social commentary, with this album Luan's songwriting has matured to the point where she can rightfully claim to be the Emmylou of the Emerald Isle. Nashville are you listening?”

Nick Kelly - Music Editor


“With Never Say Goodbye, Luan Parle has delivered her finest collection of songs to date…
The single, ‘My Something Beautiful', blends jangly pop/rock smarts with country textures…guitar- driven with an insistently jaunty pace, it’s is the kind of song which would sit happily in the repertoires of Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant or even The Bangles. There are echoes too of Fleetwood Mac in the seductive chorus and the tune is firmly grounded in that classic, West Coast FM radio sound which has proved so enduring over the years. To put it another way, If Parle guested with [the late] Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers at their peak, the results would sound something like this...”

Colm O’Hare - Hot Press

“The result is her best record yet. Highlights include Running In Circles, a co-write with ex Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes that evokes Stevie Nicks"

Steve Cummins - Sunday Times

"'Never Say Goodbye' is a fine piece of work. Single ‘My Something Beautiful’ is a crisp slice of pop-country, with slick drumming and a vocal that comes with a liberal sprinkling of lovelorn tears. Indeed, there’s a country tinge throughout to the record, with Parle’s voice delicately balancing the grittiness of Emmylou Harris and the sophistication of Stevie Nicks.‘Change Your Mind’ takes a more strident stance, while ‘Falling For You’ has a languid, old-fashioned charm that’s hard not to fall for. The sturdy ‘Cocaine Corner’, meanwhile, shows how Parle has the courage to tackle critical social issues. The production gloss never outshines the material or Parle’s born-to-sing-country voice, showing that the former pre-teen prodigy has matured into a first-rate artist."

Jackie Hayden - Hot Press - 8/10

“Making the transition from child star to adult contemporary artist is a near impossible task in the arts. Very few have made that progression with any degree of success. Luan Parle has managed to achieve this and has kept her career train firmly on the tracks since recording her debut album FIRST IMPRESSIONS at the age of 12. Her music continues to be radio friendly, easy on the ear with melodies that sit comfortably between country and pop. She has most certainly hit the bullseye once again with NEVER SAY GOODBYE. Regardless of how strong the song writing and musicianship are, the real winner is Parle’s instantly recognisable voice which is as sharp and self-assured as ever. With NEVER SAY GOODBYE, Parle has delivered an album that will retain her standing as one of Ireland’s leading lights in the Country Pop genre.”
Declan Culliton - Lonesome Highway 

"Never Say Goodbye is a slick Country-pop record that owes as much to the likes of Stevie Nicks as it does to Dolly Parton. That’s not to say Parle is in any way a carbon-copy or wannabe country star. ‘Change Your Mind’ in particular features a riff that edges on the rockier side of Americana but this is first and foremost a country record. Parle’s vocal mastery and songwriting skill are pushed to the fore. ‘Falling For You’ is a straight-up country classic with a whiskey-swigging swing. It’s right out of the Patsy Cline playbook and marks one of the more tender moments on the new record. Check out ‘Never Say Goodbye’for surefire songwriting, soul-searching, social commentary, and sweet, sweet country tones."

Scott Edgar - Folk And Tumble - 4/5