Tag Archives: pop

Album review: BARENAKED LADIES – Fake Nudes

UMC [Release date 17.11.17] Barenaked Ladies, a band you have to be careful when Googling particularly with this latest album title… Barenaked Ladies have deservedly won many awards in their native Canada – 8 Juno awards to date – for their harmony filled pop songs, … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY PHILLIPS – Invisible Men

ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Invisible Men

Esoteric [Release date 13.10.17] The former Genesis guitarist’s solo career has been enjoying a boom courtesy of Esoteric Recordings and their expansive reissue programme of his back catalogue. We’ve had the 70s – acoustic, analogue, much meditative melancholy resonating nicely … Continue reading

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Gig review: SQUEEZE – Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 November 2017

Squeeze - BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

Nearly 40 years after emerging as one of the best bands from that burst of creativity known at the time as the New Wave,  Squeeze are not content with the easy option coasting on the Rewind-style nostalgia circuit. Instead the … Continue reading

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Album review: BARBARA BLACK – Ad Libitum

BARBARA BLACK - Ad Libitum

[Release date 18.09.17] Barbara Black (not a very Spanish name) is, by all accounts, one of the best female voices on the Spanish female singer/songwriter, rock/metal scene. A classically trained singer, as well a pianist, and make-up artist and hairdresser … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – Skyscraper Souls

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Skyscraper Souls

Magical Think Tank Records [Release date 17.11.17] The third album from the Downes Braide Association, which is Geoff Downes (Asia/Yes) and singer/songwriter Chris Braide, who has worked with a whole host of artists including Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Marc Almond, … Continue reading

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Album review: WHEN MARY – Tainted

WHEN MARY - Tainted

Sonicbond [Release date 10.11.17] The second album from Norwegian art rock band When Mary – Trude Eidtang (vocals, synth, percussion, glockenspiel), Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synth, bass) and Vidar Uthaug (synth, organ, korg, Rhodes) is a rather enchanting affair. That … Continue reading

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Gig review: ANDREW ROACHFORD – Live Rooms, Chester, 2 November 2017

ANDREW ROACHFORD - Live Rooms, Chester, 2 November 2017

Andrew Roachford has spent much of 2017 gigging with Mike + The Mechanics – during which time he was described in our review as ‘the epitome of cool.’  We should be grateful, therefore, that he can find the time to … Continue reading

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EP review: JOSH TAERK – Stages

Apple Music Josh Taerk has long been a favourite here at Ritchie towers and he is now back with a new five song EP, although one song ‘After The Fall’ is lifted from his last album ‘Here’s To Change’. For … Continue reading

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Album review: PUGWASH – Silverlake

Lojinx [Release date 25.11.17] Pugwash, the brainchild of Thomas Walsh, was a band until earlier this year when he disbanded it and went back to Pugwash being a solo project. However, on this album he finally managed to work with friend and fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: SQUEEZE – The Knowledge

SQUEEZE - The Knowledge

Love Records [Release date 13.10.17] ‘The Knowledge’ is Squeeze’s third album since they reunited back in 2007 and 2015′s ‘Cradle To The Grave’ received rave reviews, plus saw the band gain more exposure as the album formed the soundtrack to the TV series … Continue reading

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Album review: THOMAS LANG – Scallywag Jaz (2 disc expanded edition)

THOMAS LANG - Scallywag Jaz

SFE/Cherry Red [Release date 10.11.17] As we learn from the informative liner notes Tom T. Jones made his first demos in a studio in Birkenhead (Lily Savage’s spiritual home) before returning to his day job as a British Rail joiner.  … Continue reading

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Album review: LOUISE STEEL – Heartstorm

LOUISE STEEL - Heartstorm

Louise Steel Music Louise Steel is a singer/songwriter from Leicester and she is joined by Andrew Dunmore, who played keyboards and wrote/co-wrote much of the music on the album, along with Louise. For a self-release it is very professional, from the CD … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Hippopotamus

Sparks - Hippopotamus

BMG [Release date 08.09.17] ‘Hippopotamus’ is a triumph of pop’s true potential over the usual clichéd familiar fare. It’s a cross genre album bursting with creativity, humour and stylistic diversity. The lyrical word plays, eclectic themes and nuanced melodies are … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LAFONTAINES – Common Problem

THE LAFONTAINES - Common Problem

Wolf At Your Door Records [Release date 27.10.17] The average Get Ready To ROCK! reader may recoil in horror at the words ‘rap’, however fear not dear reader as the LaFontaines may well use rap a lot but they have … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES WARREN – Innocent Bystander

JAMES WARREN - Innocent Bystander

David Randall chatted to James Warren in June 2017 about his career.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 25 June 2017. Angel Air Records [Release date 13.10.17] It’s a good time at the moment for eighties-based music.  With … Continue reading

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News: MOLLIE MARRIOTT – radio interview, new album and tour dates (November 2017)

Mollie Marriott

In this exclusive edit, Mollie Marriott chats to David Randall about the music business, the lead-in to her new album, and the current touring musical ‘All Or Nothing’ for which she provided vocal coaching.  (10:27) The full version of their … Continue reading

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Album review: MOONLIGHT DESIRES – Just The Hits 1981-1985

MOONLIGHT DESIRES - Just The Hits 1981-1985

Infamous Butcher Records [Release date 15.09.17] Moonlight Desires hail from Canada and have produced a set of very enjoyable covers, and not the usual suspects either as they have gone for 80′s synth led pop rockers. The band’s name comes from … Continue reading

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Book review: Some Fantastic Place by Chris Difford

W&N [Publication date 31.08.17] Chris Difford is the lyricist to Glen Tilbrook’s music and arranging in Squeeze, a band who have split up twice and now since reforming again in 2007 seem to be enjoying a purple patch both in terms … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEAUTIFUL DAYS Festival – Devon, 18-20 August 2017

BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL - Devon, 18-20 August 2017

Dance Before, During and After the Storm Between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th August 2017 the bizarre, the wonderful and the contradictions of the norm gathered in the grounds of Escot Park to embrace the eclectic bohemian eccentricity that is … Continue reading

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Album review: JUDIE TZUKE – Peace Has Broken Out

JUDIE TZUKE - Peace Has Broken Out

Big Moon Records [Release date 01.09.17] To the casual observer, it may seem a long time since Judie Tzuke’s last studio release – the excellent One Tree Less, some six years ago. But those who’ve followed her more closely will … Continue reading

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