AUTUMN’S CHILD Angel’s Gate AOR Heaven [Release date 26.02.21]
Mikael Erlandsson used to release albums like clockwork (every January) with Last Autumn’s Dream and now his new band Autumn’s Child are back with album number two, a year after the debut release. Joining Erlandsson again are Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.), Robban Bäck (Mustach, ex-Eclipse), Pontus Akesson (Moon Safari) and Claes Andreasson (Heartbreak Radio), who also produced this album.
It is all suitably melodic, with a few stand out choruses like on ‘Aquarius Sky’, but it does begin to all blend into one after a couple of listens. That said, ‘Don’t Say It’s Love’ with its heavy sue of keys and up tempo beat is one for fans of the current wave of Scandi bands who like a bit of synth and dance in their music. There is a big, soaring ballad ‘A Tear From The Sky’, a song which could garner further airplay for the album.
Not quite as good as the debut and it lacks any real stand out tunes to bring the listener back again for repeated listens. Still, it is always good to hear Mikael Erlandsson singing so worth a listen just or that fact alone! ***
Review by Jason Ritchie
ALABAMA SLIM The Parlor Cornelius Chapel [Release date 29.01.21]
Alabama Slim was born Milton Frazier in Vance, Alabama in 1939. Slim fell in love with the blues of Bill Broonzy and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and that’s where the journey began for the always dapper bluesman, who was poised for a late-in-life breakout in 2020 with a scheduled appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which sadly bit the dust in the pandemic.
The album itself was recorded back in 2019 as a three piece of Slim, Little Freddie King, and drummer Ardie Dean. The session took merely four hours with Reginald Nicholas at the board and Dean in the producer’s chair. Drive-By Trucker’s Matt Patton added his bass parts afterwards with Jimbo Mathus adding piano and organ to embellish the sound when required.
No frills blues on here, from the slow shuffle on ‘Rob Me Without A Gun’ (the guitar solo is sublime, backed by snatches of organ and the rock steady backbeat) through to ‘Rock Me Baby’ which sees the tempo rising. For those after a blues meets rock n roll shuffle ‘Rock With Me Momma’ hits the spot.
One of the few blues elder statesmen still playing and performing, and one who came into recording the blues late on in his life. Those after a traditional blues fix similar to that of John Lee Hooker need look no further. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
LONELY THE BRAVE The Hope List Easy Life Records [Release date 22.01.21]
The band’s follow up to 2016′s ‘Things Will Matter’, which went to no.1 on the Rock Charts here in the UK and saw the band tour with and support the likes of Deftones, Biffy Clyro and Bruce Springsteen. In 2018 vocalist David Jakes left the band and in came Jack Bennett.
The album was finished during the first lockdown last year, with members of the band based in West Yorkshire, Bristol and Cambridgeshire, two of whom were working – and continue to work – for the NHS on the frontline during the ongoing pandemic.
They go for the big anthems on ‘Bound’ and ‘Chasing Knives’ – you can see why they have supported the likes of Biffy Clyro, another arena anthem friendly band. ‘Something I Said’ is more reflective, which shows the band have various strings to their musical bow.
Not a band I was aware of before listening to this album so I can’t comment on how a change of vocalist has impacted the band, however, for a bit of anthemic modern rock look no further. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 20 December 2020 and includes Pete’s best of the year selections
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09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Our Glass House (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 SERGEANT STEEL Truck Tales (Boyz Tyme Records)
14:00-16:00 DAN REED Liftoff (Zero Entertainment)
Power Plays w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)
BLACK SPIDERS – Good Times (Dark Riders Records/Cargo Records)
GRAVITY MACHINE Standing Stones (Zyse Records)
EMPIIRES Love Or Hate (TLG Entertainment/INgrooves)
RAY FENWICK Tam Tam (Singsong Music)
DEAD REYNOLDS Voices (The Fort)
LAYLA ZOE Don’t Wanna Help Anyone (indie)
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