Album Reviews

DeeVer - What it Takes

DeeVer – You Need This

January Album Of The Month A New Year is a time of re-birth and for new discoveries for us all. And no better way to start a forward-looking agenda on new rock for 2019 than with the bold, confident debut from DeeVer – an album that is youthful in spirit, …

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Dan Reed Network - Origins

DAN REED NETWORK – ‘ORIGINS’

DECEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Dan Reed Network’s new album is the perfect album of the month to close 2018. It’s been an uncertain year, too many people selling fear, divisions more pronounced – and somehow a time when it seems to be becoming acceptable to say unacceptable things. With …

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THE VIRGINMARYS – NORTHERN SUN SESSIONS

NOVEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH For those that think the best we can hope for from young guitar bands is to recreate the glories of a bygone age – stop, and think again. With ‘Northern Sun Sessions,’ The Virginmarys land guitar music firmly in the contemporary with the release of …

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SARI SCHORR: ‘NEVER SAY NEVER’

OCTOBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH I have to confess, I’m not really an ardent blues person; I don’t own any corduroy trousers, nor do I drink artisan real ale! But whilst good music pushes genre boundaries – great music blows them away in an open-plan world, where music can be …

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Rainbreakers

RAINBREAKERS: FACE TO FACE

SEPTEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH “Turn it up! Turn it up!” When you’re having a first listen to a promo of a new album in the office and the people around you tell you to turn up the volume, you know you’re listening to a good album. The Rainbreakers debut …

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Theia - The Ghost Light

THEIA: THE GHOST LIGHT

AUGUST ALBUM OF THE MONTH It’s a Great Music Stories first when a band bags album of the month twice within a year – and, more importantly, it’s a tribute to the momentum and work-rate of rising rock trio Theia. The band was one of our surprise packages of 2017. …

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Massive Wagons - Full Nelson

MASSIVE WAGONS – FULL NELSON

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Well, well, well – for those that thought the band’s 2016 album ‘Welcome To The World’ couldn’t be topped, Massive Wagons return with a double-barrelled rock‘n’roll assault on the senses: visceral, direct, original and heartfelt. Blowing away bands that write music which sounds like a …

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Ryders Creed

RYDERS CREED – ‘RYDERS CREED’

JUNE ALBUM OF THE MONTH Well, the gang at Off Yer Rocka have a pretty stellar track record at spotting new talent, and Ryders Creed are the next exciting rock debutants from the record label. Yet another bright rock band from the Midlands, this five piece formed only a year …

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the Amorettes

THE AMORETTES – BORN TO BREAK

MAY ALBUM OF THE MONTH The Amorettes – BORN TO BREAK Some albums sparkle for a moment on release day and some have the power to endure. The new Amorettes album, their most accomplished and rounded album to date, is definitely in the latter camp and I have a feeling …

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Dead Daisies - Burn It Down

THE DEAD DAISIES – BURN IT DOWN

APRIL ALBUM OF THE MONTH: THE DEAD DAISIES – BURN IT DOWN The Dead Daisies are back with an almighty bang. Building on the critical success of ‘Revolucion’ and ‘Make Some Noise’, the new album ‘Burn It Down’ represents a bit of a new chapter – perhaps even a new …

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Thundermother

Thundermother – Thundermother

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH: THUNDERMOTHER – THUNDERMOTHER Some of my albums of the month are picked purely on the songs. Sometimes an album lands that stands for something bigger. This album makes an emphatic, bold statement about the power of a band to endure and overcome. Thundermother is back …

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Pontius Snibb's Wreck of Blues

PONTUS SNIBB’S WRECK OF BLUES – TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG

FEBRUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH PONTUS SNIBB’S WRECK OF BLUES: ‘Too Late To Die Young’   This month it’s time for a change of mood for our album of the month – a break from the rocking riffs, pounding bass lines and crashing cymbals that characterise the endless flow of …

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