Album Reviews


SPRING PROG REVIEW Set in a Covent Garden street café in the early evening shadows of autumn 2016, I conducted what was to become a four-part feature interview with IT. That session captured the essence and parameters on what was to become their first studio album for seven years, after …

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The Texas Flood – ‘Over Worked & Under Paid’

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH There is clearly something in the water in Wales: Fireroad, Buffalo Summer, The Starling Radicals, Florence Black, Those Damn Crows, Kane’d and, of course, The Texas Flood. They are back with a new album and that magic water in Wales clearly has no limits. Someone …

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FEBRUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Well, well – this album does exactly what it says on the tin! Following the Top 10 success of the band’s last – and comeback – album, many may have wondered how Thunder would follow up on ‘Wonder Days’ and the big arena concert hall …

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Magnum – The Valley of Tears

JANUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Magnum in recent years has been one of the best untold stories in British rock. The soaring melodic output from their glory days in the 80s is well known to most rock fans – notably with albums ‘On A Storyteller’s Night’ and ‘Wings of Heaven’ …

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The Picks of 2016 It’s that time of year again where we pause and take a look back at some of the highpoints we have experienced through the Great Music Stories interviews and also my Friday 5-8pm Rock Show which airs on 107Meridian FM. It’s been an incredible year for …

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Bad Touch – Truth Be Told

DECEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH If you want to make a statement and support new bands with this year’s Christmas shopping, then you may well have just stumbled across a perfect stocking filler. Bad Touch return on 2 December with a new album that is both brave and adventurous – …

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The Answer – Solas

NOVEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Ten years ago, The Answer stood proud with their album ‘Rise’- an album that epitomised a band pretty much on its own, flying the flag for a full-octane, authentic rock sound that, to many, just wasn’t “this week’s thing.” A decade on, following the 10th …

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Those Damn Crows

Those Damn Crows: Murder And The Motive

October Album of the Month There must be something in the water in Wales. Following my interviews with Fireroad, Buffalo Summer, The Texas Flood, Florence Black and Kane’d – now we have Those Damn Crows, another bright young rock band that once again reaffirms that there is a new generation …

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Quireboys – Twisted Love Album Review

September Album of the Month Great albums start and finish well: Welcome to Twisted Love, the new album from The Quireboys, out on 2 September. The album opens with an unashamedly up-tempo, rockabilly-infused rocker Torn and Frayed and quickly moves on to Ghost Train, sure to be a fan favourite …

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Dead Daisies: “Make Some Noise” Album Review

August Album of the Month The album does what it says on the tin. From start to finish, this is a tour de force on pulsating rock at its best. When I interviewed John in the run up to The Ramblin’ Man Fair, he spoke fondly of the band’s love of …

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Massive Wagons

Massive Wagons: “Welcome To The World” album review

July Album of the Month This is unfair! Most rock albums have, if they are lucky, one great song for radio. This album has three, four, five… yes, that’s the real and very rare dilemma with this album: which song to play?!  I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity …

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Little Brother Eli – “Cold Tales” Album Review

June Album of the Month How on earth can a band this good be unsigned? This album immediately arrested – a great sound that was hard to silo into a genre: rock-garage-blues perhaps, but ultimately the band’s sound is entirely its own. Add to that some outstanding vocals and you …

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