Album Reviews

MARSHALL POTTS – ‘THE STORM’

A wellbeing tonic for troubled times, Marshall Potts delivers an album of musical sunshine that will brighten your day.

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Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts - Mission

MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS – ‘MISSION’

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Third time lucky, I guess. The 2015 Colour of Noise album I still play to this day and class it as one of the top 10 albums of this new rock revival – although, for some reason, I never reviewed it. And Matt’s debut album …

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TARRASKA

TARRASKA

JUNE ALBUM OF THE MONTH – ‘TARRASKA’ Sometimes it has to be about the songs, not the marketing. We live in a time when bands or managers with the biggest Facebook groups can win accolades for bands – be it a best song here or a best album there – …

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AMONGST LIARS

MAY ALBUM OF THE MONTH – ‘AMONGST LIARS’ Gravity defying. The self-managed band from the sleepy south coast town that is re-writing the rock’n’roll play book for a new age. As the sunrise of modern rock supersedes the slow sunset of the classic era, here is a band writing some …

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Matt Pearce & The Mutiny- ‘The Soul Food Store’

APRIL ALBUM OF THE MONTH Imagine Joe Cocker, Santana, Prince, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles having an impromptu late-night jam. The result might sound like the music on ‘The Soul Food Store’ – the emphatic and super self-confident second album from Matt Pearce & The Mutiny. After last month’s Album …

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MARILLION - AN HOUR BEFORE IT'S DARK

MARILLION – “AN HOUR BEFORE IT’S DARK”

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH “No one knows how much time they’ve got left.” One of many lines from this album about time, the ticking clock. The climate crisis is a race against time. The horrors of Covid brought us all face-to-face with our own mortality. And for a band …

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CLOVERHILL

CLOVERHILL – ‘JUST NORTH OF HELL’

FEBRUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH The strength of the new rock scene today is its scale. A few bands get the cut-through but never overlook the underdogs. Cloverhill is a band that has grown with us through the length of a two-year Covid era – and absolutely on merit. At …

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Black Lakes - For all that we've left behind

BLACK LAKES – ‘FOR ALL WE’VE LEFT BEHIND’

JANUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Immersive, intelligent and dramatic – Black Lakes unleash a masterful universe of sound that well and truly gets 2022 underway in the most emphatic fashion. For any rocker more comfortable with a slice of Chris Rea or some Twisting by the Pool action, the move …

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SCARLET REBELS – ‘SEE THROUGH BLUE’

DECEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Perfect symmetry, the year closes at it began. In thinking about our final album review of the year, I’m drawn back to the first new music I heard in 2021. In the early days of January, Scarlet Rebels sent me a top-secret link, to listen …

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WAYWARD SONS - EVEN UP THE SCORE

WAYWARD SONS – EVEN UP THE SCORE

NOVEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Confidence. We all need it at this moment in time – and this is the autumn album release that brings it. Having been through a seismic time of suffering and loss, there is a time and place for music that captures the dark days but, …

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The Autumn Killers - Darkside

THE AUTUMN KILLERS – ‘DARKSIDE’

OCTOBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Something different for October. The last few months have seen a run of really fine albums released and, when things get busy, the releases that grab the headlines are often the ones backed by label muscle or big fan clubs. For this month, I’ve resolved …

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Badflower

Badflower – ‘This is how the World Ends’

SEPTEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH The most urgently needed music of 2021, Badflower return with the defining album of 2021. No ‘difficult second album’ syndrome here; ‘OK I’m Sick’ disappears in the rear-view mirror as Badflower hold a mirror up the world with a new body of work that is …

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