[Release date 02.12.16]
Bad Touch hail from Norfolk, yet this album sounds like the Black Crowes jamming with Free. Their debut album, 2015′s ‘Half Way Home’ received rave reviews and they have built up a reputation as a fine live band. This comes across on this album as each song you can imagine being played live.
Opener ‘One More Night’ is so like the Black Crowes and vocalist Stevie Westwood may hail from England, yet he has a southern drawl on the this and the slower numbers.’Under My Skin’ is another song heavily influenced by the Black Crowes.
’99%’ is a real foot stomper and one of two songs on here mixed by Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones/Thirsty). A real feel good song and reminiscent of Little Angels in their prime, you won’t stop playing this one once you have heard it. They do come alive more on the rockier songs like ‘Let The Sun Shine’ and ‘Heartbreaker, Soulshaker’. The latter shows how good Stevie Westwood’s vocals are. He puts his heart and soul into the songs and really owns them, something few vocalists do.
Special mention to the song ‘The Mountain’, which takes a look at how the world’s finite natural resources are rapidly vanishing and the brooding, epic music suits the lyric well. Guitarist Rob Glendinning lets fly on the solos on this one.
Bad Touch don’t aim to push musical boundaries, they are all about top notch songs and ensuring their audience enjoys the music as much as they do making it. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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