Quick plays: PETER FRAMPTON, FRANCO AND THE DREADNOUGHT, ARCELIA

PETER FRAMPTON – Hummingbird In A Box

Red/Sony Music [Released 07.07.14]

Peter Frampton has seen his popularity increase of late following a couple of recent, well received studio albums backed by relentless touring (at the time of writing he’s touring solo and with the Doobie Brothers). This album (well mini-album in old speak as the seven tracks clock in at under thirty minutes in total) is inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet who performed to Frampton’s music and these newly recorded songs back in April 2013.

The guitar playing is exemplary and being written for dance it has allowed Peter Frampton more musical freedom, with a few dance rhythms in the backbeat. One does hope that ‘Norman Wisdom’ is not a reflection of the dance technique of the ballet company!

For fans only, as the music tends to trundle along nicely in the background without really grabbing the listener’s rapt attention. I guess perfect for accompanying ballet so as not to distract from the dancers.  ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

Franco And The Dreadnought

FRANCO AND THE DREADNOUGHT – S/t
www.francoandthedreadnought.com [Released 03.08.14]

Debut album from Franco who is accompanied by his sidekick Dreadnought (a musician I’d guess as opposed to a battleship!) and he has produced an album that has some classy tunes on it. He has a vocal that has a little of Jake Bugg about it, strong accent, and almost saying the words as opposed to singing them.

He can pen a catchy tune as can be heard on ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Love Sweet Home’, both good up tempo pop songs. You do need to get used to his vocal as they didn’t grab me on the first couple of listens.

If Jake Bugg can shoot out from nowhere then there is every chance Franco can, given the right exposure and airplay.  ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

ARCELIA – Wrap Your Bones

www.arcelia.co.uk [Released 23.06.14]

Three piece who all sing and include Simon Foster, who is also a member of the Flying Pickets and Teresa Gallagher who provides voices for lots of TV animation characters including a firm favorite with my son, the Octonauts. Gavin Alexander is the main songwriter and when he takes the lead vocals, say on ‘Cupid’ the music has a singer/songwriter come folk feel.

Having three singers means lots of musical variety, with a touch of jazz on ‘Petal’ where Teresa Gallagehr takes the vocal and ‘Long Man’. with its gentle pop refrain recalls bands like the Beautiful South.

Nicely paced album with three strong, yet varied singers. Well worth a listen. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 28 October (Mon-Fri)

COLLATERAL Mr Big Shot (Roulette Media Records)
BABY HUSBAND Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (indie)
OF ALLIES Off The Map (indie)
EXPLORING BIRDSONG The River (indie)
MARISA AND THE MOTHS – Slave (indie)
CATTLE AND CANE I Wish I Knew Jesus (Like I Do)
KING VOODOO Creep (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 28 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Big Blue World (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 REDLINE Gods & Monsters (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 WILDWOOD KIN (Silvertone/Sony)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

MAGNUM Sleepwalking (1992)



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