Napalm Records [Release 02.08.19]
What can I say, I f’king love this album. “Nothing But Wild” is the fourth album from German band The New Roses and what an album it is, from the start this is from the heart, honest country/southern tinged rock n roll. The song writing throughout the album is consistently strong, there are harmonies and melodies aplenty and influences such as Aerosmith and Bon Jovi blend nicely with the southern hard rock feel.
“Soundtrack Of My Life” opens the proceedings with groove and swagger and is followed by the anthemic “Can’t Stop Rock & Roll”, a song that was made for stadiums. Now, while “Nothing But Wild” does not contain even one second of weakness, “Down By The River” is the first of a trio of outstanding songs here, it is country tinged and extremely radio friendly.
The Southern soaked “Heartache” is the next and there are many established bands that would kill for a track like this in their repertoire. Then we have “Glory Road”, with its soulful feel and echoes of a country leaning Springsteen, this song is the one that can really separate The New Roses from their peers.
Throughout the album it is obvious that the band are influenced by Bon Jovi and “The Only Thing”, “Running Out Of Hearts” and the Jovi meets Thin Lizzy of “Unknown Territory” all showcase this.
The southern rock influences also shine through with title track “Nothing But Wild” reminding me of both The Quireboys and Lynyrd Skynyrd at times. “As the Crow Flies” is good, solid Southern hard rock whilst “Give & Take” has that big heavy groove to it, and contains an even bigger chorus. The country rock elements are more evident in tracks “Meet Me Half Way” and “The Bullet”, particularly the latter.
The album closes with two acoustic bonus tracks, “Down By The River” and “Fight You Leaving Me”, both sound immense and show exactly how good the band’s song writing is, and the Springsteen comparisons are once again easy to make here.
“Nothing But Wild” is a great album and should push the band to the next level. I have heard “Down By The River” on Planet Rock several times and hopefully this is happening all over Europe. *****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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