Album review: CULVER KINGZ – This Time

CULVER KINGZ - This Time

Escape Music [Release date 24.06.16]

Culver Kingz maybe a new name, however the ideas for the musical pairing started back in 1983 when Michael Thompson and Billy Trudel planned a band called Slang. Sadly this never came to fruition and it wasn’t until 2011 that the pair decided to finally record an album together.

The music is a mix of laid back West Coast/AOR, with a large hint of soul and R&B in places. Michael Thompson does rock out occasionally on the old guitar as can be heard on ‘Chains Get Broken’. The soul/funky vibe of ‘Dirty Secret’ reminds me of Toto’s ‘Fahrenheit’ album, as does the gentle AOR of the title track, and what a wonderfully soulful and smooth vocal Billy Trudel has.

‘Wan Chai Girl’ is made for summer days and those R&B (that’s the dance meaning not the proper blues one!) compilations and soulful late night radio. I would be very surprised if this is not covered in the future by other artists.

Hopefully this album won’t get lost and become a hidden gem re-issued some years in the future as it deserves to be heard and enjoyed. A brave move by Escape, as although Michael Thompson is well known in melodic rock circles, this is not like any of his previous albums. It will appeal to a much wider audience outside of the loyal but small West Coast/AOR fan base.  ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)

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12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
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Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)

THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
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