Tag Archives: soft rock

Album review: RAINBREAKERS – Face To Face

www.therainbreakers.com  [Release date 31.08.18] The Shrewsbury based Rainbreakers have now recorded their debut album, after releasing  a couple of well received EPs and touring with the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and played a handful of festivals. Comprised of Ben Edwards … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANN WILSON – Immortal

ANN WILSON - Immortal

BMG [Release date 14.09.18] One of the most gifted female rock singers of her generation, Immortal sees Heart’s Ann Wilson continue her dalliance with cover versions – a journey she began on her last solo outing Hope & Glory (2007).  … Continue reading

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Album review: FAY & LATTA – Dust To Stars

FAY & LATTA - Dust To Stars

Release date [03.18] Ex-Exoterik hard rockers Tom and Anneka Fay (nee Latta) continue their one man, one woman, acoustic soft rock journey that they so successfully began in 2008 with The View From Here, and capped with the wonderfully chilled … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Prisoner Of Gravity

MY GLASS WORLD - Prisoner Of Gravity

Luxury Noise [Release date 01.06.18] My Glass World is a vehicle for singer / songwriter Jamie Telford who’s ‘claim to fame’ is having played the driving piano that graces The Jam’s #1 single ‘Beat Surrender’ (1982). He’s also a trained … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BIRDS OF CHICAGO, IAN SHERWOOD

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime JT Nero (JT & The Clouds frontman Jeremy Lindsay) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl) first combined their talents on the 2011 JT Nero-branded Mountains/Forests album – an album of Americana that lacked a commercial … Continue reading

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Album review: BOBBY KIMBALL – We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

BOBBY KIMBALL - We

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records [Release date 21.04.17] For many, Bobby Kimball is the definitive voice of Toto and performed with that band during the halcyon years of 1978-1984 (rejoining and touring  1998-2000).  Since that time he has forged a semi-cabaret existence … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE RIVER BAND – The Big Box (6 Disc incl DVD)

LITTLE RIVER BAND - The Big Box

The Store For Music [Release date 28.04.17] The only problem with this welcome 5-CD/DVD boxed set is repetition.  In more recent years Little River Band have seemingly sought to reinvent their past with not a lot of new material.  (Some … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

MIKE + THE MECHANICS - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

With only two tracks from the album featured in the set, the Word Of Mouth Tour 2017 billing – to celebrate that album’s 25th anniversary last year, turned out to be something of a misnomer. But, let’s be honest, the … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED – Lymm Golf Club, Cheshire, 3 December 2016

DAN REED - Lymm Golf Club, Cheshire, 3 December 2016

What started out as a belated 40th birthday treat has become a bit of an obsession for Steve Perrone.  For the past five years he’s put on a variety of gigs with Dan Reed, and in various shapes and forms, … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE, SPACE ELEVATOR – Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 29 September 2016

SPACE ELEVATOR - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 29 September 2016

Quite apart from the similarity in names, the pairing of Cats In Space and Space Elevator was a perfect match. Both are new acts, albeit with seasoned musicians who have been on the scene a while, trying to do something … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – 02 Arena, London, 20 April 2016

JEFF LYNNE

For most of the past 30 years the notion that the Electric Light Orchestra would be selling out a 14 date UK arena tour would have seemed preposterous. Always derided by critics and seen as uncool, since their creative juices … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE – Half Moon, Putney, London, 6 January 2016

CATS IN SPACE - Half Moon, Putney, London, 6 January 2016

One of the more left field bands that emerged in 2015 were the oddly named Cats In Space, with their  affectionate homage to the seventies and in particular the lush soft rock sounds of the latter half of the decade … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GETAWAY DRIVERS – Bellatopia

THE GETAWAY DRIVERS - Bellatopia

[Release date 04.07.15] Bellatopia, their fourth release, marks The Getaway Drivers’ 10 year anniversary, although only Wisconsin folk singer-songwriter Bob Manor (guitar, piano, vocals) and bassist Ken Keeley remain from the original line up. Essentially an Americana/rock outfit, the band’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROSBY STILLS AND NASH, Brighton Centre, 19 September 2015

CROSBY STILLS AND NASH, Brighton Centre, 19 September 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash are both pioneers and survivors.  They can be regarded as forefathers of the whole West Coast scene and the voice of the late sixties American counterculture, and though their initial burst of creativity was brief before … Continue reading

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Interview: CATS IN SPACE

Cats In Space - Too Many Gods

Cats In Space are a new band featuring band members who’ve played with the Sweet, T’Pau, Ian Gillan and Arena. They release their debut album, ‘Too Many Gods’ on October 30th via Cargo Records and we catch-up with Greg Hart … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Too Many Gods

CATS IN SPACE - Too Many Gods

Harmony Factory www.catsinspaceband.com [Released 30.10.15] Cats In Space are a new band who have a serious love of all things 1970′s soft rock/power pop. You can tell this from the band’s various members who are from bands with a 70′s … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNI NICHOLLS – Mockingbird Lane

DANNI NICHOLLS - Mockingbird Lane

Danni Nicholls Music [Release date 23.10.15] You’d never guess Danni Nicholls was from Bedford.  Mockingbird Lane, her second album, is an album that has the hallmarks of classic American folk, county and splashes of rock ‘n’ roll. Re-uniting with producer … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: DAVID GATES, MISTRESS, CRASHDIET, REINXEED, SAVATAGE

MISTRESS  Loveteaser www.reverbnation.com/mistressrockband New Zealand band Mistress wants to bring back that 80’s hair metal sound…on a £2.53 budget judging by the sound. Mind you legendary producer Beau Hill does remix one song on here, ‘She’s A Sinner’. Siggy Signal … Continue reading

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Album review: DIZZYBLOOM – Heroes For Ghosts/Oceans

Dizzybloom - Heroes For Ghosts

I don’t know what I was expecting from a band called Dizzybloom formed in Austin, Texas in 1995.  But what it wasn’t, was a British sounding female fronted melodic post-prog band vying for the space occupied, in the UK at … Continue reading

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