Quick plays: HEYLEL, P.O.D.

HEYLEL - Flesh

HEYLEL – Flesh [Release date 29.09.15]

Portuguese three piece who consist of vocalist Ana Batista, Narciso Monteiro (guitars/keys) and Felipe Braga (drums). They released their debut album last year and this EP is a stop gap perhaps until a new album.

Five songs then that see the band try a few different sounds from the melodic refrain of ‘Saints’, shades of gothic rock on here, and then we have the more experimental ‘Paranoid Hysteria’. To be honest the songs lack anything special to draw the listener back and perhaps the band would have been better biding their time and releasing a full studio album in a few months time or so. **1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

P.O.D. – The Awakening T-Boy/UMC [Release date 21.08.15]

P.O.D. have been around since 1992 with 2006′s ‘Testify’ their most known album to the casual listener. This album (which in their terms was a relative flop peaking at no.75 in the Billboard album charts) is a concept piece in that each song deals with a character dealing with life and they intersperse each song with sound snipets and spoken word parts.

It is a mixed bag musically as say like Linkin Park they are not averse to using rap like on ‘Rise Of NWO’. Other times they rock out nice and simple as ‘Get Down’ shows and ‘Am I Awake’ sounds like latter day Queensryche, albeit not vocally!

Fans will doubtless like this album but I can’t see it having much crossover potential. A fans only album if ever there was one. **1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

VARIOUS – This Is England ’90 Universal [Release date 02.10.15]

This soundtrack accompanies the recent Channel 4 drama series of the same name and features a few snippets of dialogue on the CD.

For the fan of 90′s music, with a Manchester/Madchester leaning, this has plenty of classics from that era including the Stone Roses ‘Fool’s Gold’ and the sublime jangly pop of the LA’s ‘There She Goes’. You’ve got the Happy Mondays, a few dancefloor fillers from 808 State and Beats International, plus some reggae tunes including the old 10CC chestnut ‘Dreadlock Holiday’.

The composer Ludovico Einaudi has a few of his instrumental pieces featured which recall artists like Briano Eno and on ‘Underwood’, Michael Nyman, who found mainstream success with ‘The Piano’ soundtrack.

Fans of the TV show will enjoy the nostalgia on here, indeed anyone with a few hazy memories of the early 90′s will enjoy hearing these songs again. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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