Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: LEGACY PILOTS – Aviation

LEGACY PILOTS - Aviation

Laterne [Release date 23.07.20] I do find in these strange days of Lockdown I am automatically drawn to the unusual and the previously unknown in terms of bands and albums.  Maybe even the underdog.  And especially those that don’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Album review: STARING INTO NOTHING – Love

STARING INTO NOTHING - Love

Antares Records [Release date 13.03.20] Southern California based Staring Into Nothing – Steve Rogers (keys/vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass/vocals/guitars) – are a highly melodic, mildly proggy, rock combo, who bring a wide range of guest musicians into the studio to … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL SMITH – Pop 85/95

NEAL SMITH - Pop 85/95

Kachina Records [Release date 01.06.20] OK, hands up – greatest ‘garage’ band of all time?  Easy – the ‘original’ Alice Cooper band.  Under the tutelage of Bob Ezrin, they produced one of the finest rock albums of the 1970′s in … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN REEL – The Nashville Calling

BEN REEL - The Nashville Calling

Ceol Music [Release date 03.03.20] Recorded in Nashville, produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, and featuring E Street Band’s Garry W Tallent on bass, Ben Reel’s 9th studio album finds him paying homage to The Boss.  At least, in … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONHEART – The Reality Of Miracles

LIONHEART - The Reality Of Miracles

Metalville Records [Release date 31.07.20] Lionheart’s second album since returning in 2016 and big expectations from this reviewer as their 2017 release ‘Second Nature’ was a classy piece of melodic hard rock. Lionheart have done it again, quite possibly pipping … Continue reading

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Album review: ALCATRAZZ – Born Innocent

ALCATRAZZ - Born Innocent

Silver Lining [Release date 31.07.20] There’s still heavy traffic on the rock’n’roll road back from obscurity, with Alcatrazz among an elite few jockeying for position in the fast lane. The band threatened to break through several times in the eighties, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – Ticket to Memphis

The Mighty Bosscats - Ticket To Memphis

Self Release [Release date 24.04.20] Richard Townsend’s ‘Ticket To Memphis’ is another impressive release from a singer song writer and band leader with a world view. That said, ‘Ticket To Memphis’ isn’t quite what it appears to be. Firstly, it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: CAYLEE HAMMACK – If It Wasn’t For You

CAYLEE HAMMACK - If It Wasn't For You

Spinefarm Records [Release date 14.08.20] This is Caylee Hammack’s debut album – a huge moment in any artist’s career, and invariably something they’ve been working towards for a long time. In Caylee’s case she has pedigree – and that can … Continue reading

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Album review: MARY COUGHLAN – Life Stories

Mary Coughlan - Life Stories

Hail Mary Music [Release date 04.09.20] Mary Coughlan’s ‘Life Stories’ is a beautifully crafted and partly autobiographical work that finds her in reflective mood, some 35 years after her breakthrough ‘Tired & Emotional’ album. In many ways she’s still “tired … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Coffee at the Corner Bar

ANNIE DRESSNER – Coffee at the Corner Bar

Website [Release date 15.05.20] An American in Cambridge, since moving to the city by the Cam, Annie Dressner have been creating some of the most enchanting modern folk around with material that transports you easily to her home country. This … Continue reading

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Album review: READ OUT LOUD – Read Out Loud

READ OUT LOUD

Facebook Read Out Loud is formed around guitarist Tim Read (ex-Chrome Molly, Demon). He is joined by two current members of Demon – guitarist Paul Hume (although he plays bass on the album, as well as producing it) and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK BESSANT – Lucky Mountain

JACK BESSANT – Lucky Mountain

CHEDX [Release date 14.08.20] Jack Bessant is a solo singer-songwriter and the bassist in platinum selling rock band Reef. For Jack this album is something of a catharsis, confronting an intensely personal subject that has been buried deep. “I had … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONVILLE – Magic Is Alive

LIONVILLE - Magic Is Alive

Frontiers Records [Release date 07.08.20] Fourth album from Lionville, an emphatically Westcoast Rock band. Each new release confirms that guitarist/songwriter Stefano Leonetti couldn’t have found a more suitable front man than Lars (Work Of Art) Safsund. What this celebrated vocalist … Continue reading

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Album review: SAVOY BROWN – Ain’t Done Yet

Savoy Brown - Ain't Done Yet

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kim Simmonds and played tracks from the new album for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 26 July 2020 Quarto Valley Records [Release date 28.08.20] ‘Ain’t Done Yet’ is Savoy Brown’s 41st album on which … Continue reading

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Album review: MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

Inside Out [Release date 24.07.20] Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. Three titans of modern prog locked together to fight the elements and stride forth on their third covers album, each one bringing their ‘A Game’ as they join … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMOS – My Many Sides

RAMOS – My Many Sides

Frontiers [Release date 07.08.20] If you’re expecting the polished melodic rock sound of Hugo, Journey or The Storm, then look away now. The clue is in the title. There’s not many sides of Josh Ramos on display here, and the … Continue reading

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Album review: L.SHANKAR – Chepleeri Dream

L.SHANKAR - Chepleeri Dream

Cleopatra Records [Release date 26.06.20] When you have heavyweights such as Chester Thompson and Tony Levin featuring prominently in the credits you expect that the album in front of you may be of a certain standard, or at least a … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – Virus

HAKEN - Virus

Inside Out [Release date 24.07.20] Following the release of their fifth studio album “Vektor” back in October 2018, the members of the British Progressive Metal sextet Haken have rightfully been in the receiving end of various rewards and accolades. For … Continue reading

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Album review: Q-BIZM – Corduroy Shorts

Q-BIZM - Corduroy Shorts

[Release date 15.05.20] The retro flavour of this album might be detected in the tongue-in-cheek title.  Yeah, baby, yeah.  This is only the Italian band’s second album after forming originally back in 1996. Their debut album came in 2003, 15 … Continue reading

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Album review: SASKIA – Are You Listening?

SASKIA - Are You Listening

www.saskiagm.com [Release date 31.07.20] Saskia certainly has an interesting backstory, giving up her Harley Street practice in 2013 to pursue her real passion, singing. Starting out by busking around the UK leading onto being a regular on the acoustic music … Continue reading

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