Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY – Under These Lights

THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY - Under These Lights

[Release date 15.11.19] The band’s name and the iconic sleeve/artwork featuring a vintage Chevrolet pick-up would never lead you to the band’s steel hometown – of Sheffield.  But these days, southern rock/Americana knows no bounds. A hard working band, influenced … Continue reading

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Album review: MILES NIELSEN AND THE RUSTED HEARTS – Ohbahoy

MILES NIELSEN AND THE RUSTED HEARTS - Ohbahoy

[Release date 10.01.20] The cynic in me always puts extra scrutiny on the veracity of projects by the offspring of famous ‘rock ‘n’ roll parentage – in this case, the son and heir of Cheap Trick lead guitarist and principle … Continue reading

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Album review: CHANTEL McGREGOR – Bury’d Alive

Chantel McGregor - Bury

Tis Rock Music Ltd [Release date 24.09.19] ‘Bury’d Alive’ is an album that celebrates honesty, integrity and intensity. It’s honest because what you hear is what went down on the night. It’s full of integrity because Chantel McGregor champions new … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROLLING STONES – Bridges to Buenos Aires

THE ROLLING STONES - Bridges to Buenos Aires

Eagle Records [Release date 08.11.19] It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I am a huge Stones fan, and the band’s live releases over the last few years has been prolific to say the least. The latest, … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] This new album by the Pretty Maids (number 16 from a band who have been around for nearly 40 years now), has been overshadowed by the sad news that vocalist Ronnie Atkins has been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Album review: RODNEY MATTHEWS & JEFF SCHEETZ – Trinity

RODNEY MATTHEWS - Trinity

Rodney Matthews Studios [Release date 13.12.19] Renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, illustrator of over140 album covers, is also a jazz/rock/prog drummer of note, and has previously recorded solo and with guitarist Jeff Scheetz. Here he teams up again with Scheetz … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – From A Page/In The Present Live From Lyon (box set)

YES - From A Page/In The Present Live From Lyon

Yes [Release date 27.10.19] This boxed set is perhaps best considered as a “stop-gap” for fans in the absence of any new product following this summer’s Yes 50 Live release, and ahead of the band’s 2020 UK tour. One-time Yes … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Sydney Opera House

Joe Bonamassa - Live at The Sydney Opera House

Provogue [Release date 25.10.19] ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House’ is staggeringly Joe Bonamassa’s 17th live album and while the geography may change and the material recycles recent studio material, the performance is consistently good. If his strategy is to … Continue reading

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Album review: RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

Inside Out [Release date 18.10.19] It takes a lot of guts to step out from the safety an established band but Fates Warning frontman Ray Alder has produced an album of extraordinary depth and passion in this, his debut solo … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks

SPARKS – Past Tense The Best Of Sparks

BMG [Release date 08.11.19] For many people of a certain age Sparks are famed for the high vocals and scary looking bloke on the keyboards, yet there is so much more to their music aside from the big hits ‘This … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

SPARKS - Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

BMG [Release date 01.11.19] ‘Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins’ originally came out in 1994 and came after a six year gap by Sparks since 1988’s ‘Interior Design’ album. The band were said to be on hiatus, something Ron Mael takes … Continue reading

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Album review: INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

Absolute [Release date 08.11.19] While the name may not immediately trigger recognition, acid jazz group Incognito are a group that have a long association with the London club scene. Formed in 1979 by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul “Tubbs” Williams, … Continue reading

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Album review: MOLLY HATCHET – Battleground

MOLLY HATCHETT - Battleground

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 29.11.19] Formed in the early 70s by guitarists Steve Holland and Dave Hlubek, Molly Hatchet released their eponymous debut on Epic in 1978, and were at the forefront of the second wave of Southern Rock. Inspired by … Continue reading

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Album review: BUCK AND EVANS – Write A Better Day

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

Departure Records [Release date 15.11.19] Buck And Evans have called themselves a rock and soul band, but they also embrace a palpable West coast feel, especially so on Sally Ann Evans more introspective moments which recall Christine McVie. Then there’s … Continue reading

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Quick plays: WILDWOOD KIN, PAMELA SUE MANN, CATTLE & CANE, CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin

WILDWOOD KIN Wildwood Kin Silvertone/Sony  [Release date 04.10.19] Alt-folkies Wildwood Kin – sisters Beth and Emillie Key, and cousin Meghann Loney follow up their 2017 debut (Turning Tides) with an altogether more ‘grown up’ sounding sophomore self-titled release. Majoring on … Continue reading

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Album review: KRIS BARRAS – Light It Up

Kris Barras - Light It Up

Provogue Records [Release date 13.09.19] Kris Barras is a contemporary rock-blues hero for the new generation. He’s got the chops, the back story, a booming voice, an eye for a good melody and a catchy chorus, topped by some coruscating … Continue reading

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Album review: KING OF HEARTS

KING OF HEARTS - King Of Hearts

MelodicRock Records [Release date 22.11.19] King Of Hearts are another band making a comeback many years after their first shot at musical stardom back in the late 80s. However, their label at the time didn’t release their debut album which … Continue reading

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Album review: RINGO STARR – What’s My Name

RINGO STARR - What

Universal Music Group [Release date 25.10.19] The world’s most famous drummer doesn’t need to keep bringing out new albums and could rest on his laurels and enjoy the fruits of his past labour but no, here is a man who … Continue reading

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Album review: EMPYRE – Self Aware

Self Release [release date 05.07.19] This is the debut album from Empyre who hail from Northampton. The band formed in 2016 and have had a run of high profile outings including featuring on ‘BBC Introducing’ and recording a session for the … Continue reading

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Album review: SABATON – The Great War

Nuclear Blast [Release date 19.07.19] With the recent commemorations taking place to mark 100 years passing since the First World War it is the perfect time for Sabaton to tackle the war to end all wars. They have touched on the subject … Continue reading

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