[Release date 03.09.21]
Just about a year ago I reviewed this band’s debut album, ‘Workin All Night, Workin All Day’ and I was literally blown away. I knew then that this band had reach and would appeal to a broader audience – it’s fair to say, that I’ve been looking forward to seeing what would come next and here it is, “All These Years”.
From the opening track, ‘Between my Brother and Me’ views from the debut album are totally confirmed – the big band production and sound is back, the lyrics are as poignant and meaningful, and there’s something for everyone. Powerful lyrics each telling a story.
Second albums can be notoriously poor second servings, this is absolutely not the case here, this album flows beautifully. The debut album had a job to do and that was to get the music out there, every track was diverse and packed full of talent, it had been a long time in the making.
This album feels like The Petal Falls know exactly who they are, what they’re about and what their sound is, this is a move to share their voice and confirm their rightful place in the status quo.
The title track “All these years” feels particularly poignant given the struggles they have had to release their music when an earlier record company deal went sour, and that ultimately led to the eventual demise of the original band, after never being given the opportunity to publicly release the wealth of material.
It is to Keith’s credit that he seized the opportunity, when the music became available to re-master the original songs into complete albums with the help of old friend and Producer/Engineer/Drummer John King and here we are.
Favourite tracks ( no fillers on here) are ‘Between my Brother & Me’, “you’re fighting fire with just flesh and bone”. ‘I won’t be There’ – absolutely love the sentiment in this and it is so true – don’t take anyone for granted, treat everyone as you’d like to be treated.
‘Take me Home’, which is so contagious I had to listen to a few times over as I was too busy dancing round the kitchen.
I know I am onto a complete winner when my list of earmarked tracks almost matches the track list for the album, ‘A Lifetime too Late’, ‘In the Shadow of the Clan’ and ‘Liberated’ all fabulous, punchy tracks – I’m sold. This is a band that has so much talent it defies what anyone was thinking when they chose not to release the material.
I’m captivated by the Petal Falls and I know I won’t be alone. I defy you not to be foot tapping along.
This album will be one hard act to follow, but I know that the band have so much more in their arsenal and I for one, will be waiting with eager anticipation. Now rightfully added to my top 5 albums of the year – give it listen, you’ll enjoy it. *****
Review by Karen Clayton
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