News: Albums of the Month (January 2021 – March 2021)

THUNDER – All The Right Noises

THUNDER All the Right Noises (BMG)

Thunder fans will love this album as it touches all the band’s key strengths – memorable songs, party rockers, ballads, lyrics to make you think and above all, well-crafted hard rock tunes. An Album of the Year and one that could turn out to be their best since their legendary debut album. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

TOUCH-Tomorrow Never Comes

TOUCH Tomorrow Never Comes (Escape Music)

This is an intriguing release, with enough of the classic Touch sound yet in places harking even further back to the seventies. Yet it is boldly diverse, rarely formularised and even experimental in places.  While nothing will ever compare to the majesty of the debut this is a better comeback  than even their most fanatical fans could have realistically imagined.  **** 1/4

Review by Andy Nathan

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN - The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest (InsideOutMusic)

Many will say that Giersbergen hasn’t really achieved the wider recognition she deserves.  “The Darkest Skies…” may be the album of much more wider acceptance.  Simply lovely.  And for anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.  *****

Review by David Randall

SCARDUST - Strangers

SCARDUST Strangers (M-Theory Audio)

At a point in time when superlatives have been devalued by overuse, it’s no exaggeration to say that Strangers, the album is immense – an extraordinarily rich, intoxicating, complex mix of progressive rock styles and sources.  ****1/2

Review by Brian McGowan

TROY REDFERN Thunder Moon (Timezone Records)

After the more introspective ‘Island’, I didn’t see ‘Thunder Moon’ on the horizon.  It’s belligerent, intelligent, adventurous, imaginative, brilliantly played and easily a career highlight  *****

Review by Pete Feenstra

BEN RANDALL - Before The Rain

BEN RANDALL Before The Rain (Thoroughbred Music)

All told, a breathtaking guitar album of the highest order from a player with other-worldly skills and, what’s more, an absolute blast.    *****

Review by Alan Jones

The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 March 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

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Featured Albums w/c 5 April 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 GARY HUGHES Decades (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 METALITE A Virtual World (AFM Records)
14:00-16:00 KAT DANSER One Eye Open (indie)

Power Plays w/c 5 April 2021 (Mon-Fri)

ALTZI Point Of No Return (RA Music)
DIRTY LACES Breathe (Golden Robot Records)
ASHEN MOON Ashen Moon (Golden Robot Records)
ANDREWW Shadow Love (indie)
JORDAN RED Freak Show (indie)
HAYES & Y Empty Orchestra (indie)
KELSEY BOVEY Another World (indie)
NEPTUNE RAIN We Breathe The Same (indie)

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