Album review: LAST GREAT DREAMERS – 13th Floor Renegades

Ray Records [Release date 13.04.18]

Last Great Dreamers first surfaced in the UK in the 90′s, previously going under the name Silveheart and split in 1997, coming back to life again in 2014 with original members Marc Valentine (vocals/guitar) and Slyder (lead guitar/vocals) involved still. They are joined, on this their second album since reforming, by bassist Steve Fielding and drummer Denley Slade.

Musically they love a bit of Cheap Trick, 70′s glam rock and a little rock ‘n’ roll of the Quireboys variety. They successfully punk, pop and rock in one glorious mix. Be it ‘No Sunshine’ which sounds like a punked up Supergrass, a riff-tastic beast, or the summery pop of ‘I Think It Like’. Then they have a musical diversion with a the laidback ’For Your Information’ with added mandolin (courtesy of producer Pete Brown – son of Joe and brother of Sam, a family with musical pedigree), nodding at the Kinks in passing.

‘Speed Of Light’ would have been a radio hit back in the day, whilst ‘Miles Away’ is another gentle tune. That song is the exact opposite of ‘Primitive Man’ which sees the band back in the punk/power pop with attitude mode.

Closer ‘Going Home’ sees the band extend to six minutes and it is a heartfelt song that closes with glorious harmonies. Last Great Dreamers have plenty of variety in their musical arsenal and would be an ideal tour companion for Eureka Machines and the Dowling Poole.

How this band flew under my musical radar is a mystery, however I am glad that is rectified and the album is highly recommended for fellow lovers of pop rock with a punk attitude. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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