Album Reviews

Savoy Brown – City Night

I’ve no idea how old Kim Simmonds is but he’s spent over 50 years rocking the blues and doesn’t appear to be letting up with this Savoy Brown’s 40th album. City Night offers no major surprises but it’s a persistent and compelling work. Blues and blues rock to the core, there’s a hard driving shifting rhythm courtesy of bass player ...

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Erya Lyytinen – Another World

When first introduced to Erya Lyytinen we met a nifty slide guitar player with a penchant for old time blues. But time doesn’t stand still even if people try to. Change may be forced on us externally or opportunities arise that can lift us up, maybe help our careers, on the other side of the coin when those closest to ...

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Glenn Shorrock Sings Little River Band

The Little River Band were one of Australia’s most popular musical exports. A harmony rock band mainly of what might be considered soft rock these days but they also featured some impressive arrangements. With over 30 million album sales and over 30 members having passed through the band’s line-up. Sadly none of the original line-up hold copyright to in the ...

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Electric Mary – Mother

A helium pitched voice hovers over a cyclical heavy groove while an  old school heavy rock solo works its way round the fretboard on opening gambit ‘Gimme Love’  and it suitably grabs one’s attention.  They follow that by going in hard and fast with ‘Hold Onto What You Have ‘ that finds vocalist Rusty Brown going from rock god wailing ...

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Rory Gallagher – Blues 3 CD Deluxe Edition

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rory Gallagher’s recording career.  If you’re unaware of who he is don’t worry, if anything you’re to be envied because there’s still that magical opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists ever for the first time. We are also fortunate that there’s a treasure chest of recordings he made that have not previously ...

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Gasoline Outlaws return with Belfast blues album ‘Light Up The World’

Despite the name, Gasoline Outlaws are not American: in fact brothers Matt (vocals) and Chris Fitzsimons (bass), Adam Parkin (guitar) and Ryan Hood (drums) are from that hotbed of blues and blues rock -Belfast. The follow up to their first release, No Rules, No Laws, No Regrets is full of variation on the theme of rock. Riffs aplenty with some acoustic and ...

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Extrema go back to business as usual with ‘Headbanging Forever’

Extrema are one of those bands that fall into an unfortunate grey area in modern metal. Whilst in no way are they a bad band they are just often dwarfed by the mainstream heavyweights within the space they operate: in this case -the lighter end of thrash with touches of groove metal thrown in. Bands like Testament and Annihilator make ...

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Royal Republic

Royal Republic in Club Majesty

The fifth album from Malmo based rockers Royal Republic shows that the time away from the studio has been well spent. Club Majesty is the culmination of some serious work by Adam Grahn (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Hannes Irengård (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jonas Almén (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Per Andreasson (drums, backing vocals). Although the opener ‘Fireman and Dancer’ needs ...

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Why Keith Richards’ solo album ‘Talk Is Cheap’ is still a classic 30 years on

There’s an interesting story about the gestation period of this album. Talk Is Cheap was put together by Keith Richards and his side band, the X-Pensive Winos, during 1987-88 while the Stones were off the road. In fact, they’d been off the road for several years by this time and hadn’t toured since 1982 because Jagger believed he could do ...

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Salem’s Bend explore fuzzy sounds on ‘Supercluster’

“Three dudes crawled into a garage-turned-studio and dug out some tracks from the nether regions of Sabbath, Purple, etc, and other 70’s rockers, infused these with other musical elements and slithered out as Salem’s Bend,” which is how the band describe their origins. Supercluster is their second album and, if there’s still some justice in the world, it’s an album ...

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