Album Reviews

Review: Jack Broadbent – ‘Ride’

Jack Broadbent

English singer-songwriter-guitarist Jack Broadbent recently featured as part of Joe Bonamassa’s third annual Keeping The Blues Alive Stream-A-Thon (raising money for musicians affected by the pandemic) alongside such luminaries as George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Eric Gales, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, and Eric Gales; the list of artists is genuinely …

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Review: Halestorm – ‘Back From The Dead’

‘‘I’m back from the dead’’ bellows Lzzy Hale in her own inimitable style as she signals the beginning of a new Halestorm album with the crushing title track. To be honest, though, that should read “I’M BACK FROM THE DEAD”. All caps for a good reason, for not only is …

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Review: Thunder – ‘Dopamine’

Since returning with ‘Wonder Days’ in 2015, British rock stalwarts Thunder have gone on one almighty run of form that shows zero sign of abating. Five albums in eleven years is a pretty good return for any band (although, King Gizzard would laugh that amount off as pitiful), but what …

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Review: Ali Ferguson – The Contemplative Power of Water

Edinburgh-based guitarist Ali Ferguson has had 25 years as a professional musician playing with the likes of former Stiltskin and Genesis singer Ray Wilson and folk troubadour Dougie MacLean. Largely recorded at his home studio named the Little Blue Room, this is Ali’s third solo release, slowly compiled over the last …

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Review: Dorothy – ‘Gifts From The Holy Ghost’

The story behind an album is always interesting but for Dorothy Martin, the story behind the third studio album as front person for the pseudonymous, rock band Dorothy is something extraordinary. On her tour bus some three years ago, Dorothy’s guitar tech overdosed and Dorothy instinctively began praying for his …

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Review: Papa Roach – ‘Ego Trip’

Nu Metal pioneers Papa Roach return with their first studio album in three years, and never ones to rest on their laurels (or past glories), the Californians continue the evolution of their sound by daring to rally against what is expected from them in their fourth decade as a band. …

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Review: The Karma Effect – ‘The Karma Effect’

Everything about newly-formed London-based outfit The Karma Effect might scream classic 70s rock, but once ‘Steal Your Heart’ (the opening track to this, the self-titled debut album) kicks in and vocalist/guitarist Henry Gottelier vocalises over the opening few bars, I’ll be damned if there is not a touch of Steve …

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Review: Jaret Ray Reddick – ‘Just Woke Up’

The direct line between rock and metal musicians and country music is more obvious than you might expect. Is there anything more gritty and “metal” than Johnny Cash’s line in ‘Folsom Prison Blues’; “…I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die…”? If rock and metal are truly …

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Leslie West: Legacy – A Tribute to Leslie West

Leslie West never really got the credit he deserved. The former Mountain guitarist and singer was in this reviewer’s opinion a far better guitarist than Clapton in his Cream days. His thick creamy guitar tones and raspy voice were a perfect blend for his heavy psychedelic-tinged blues-rock. Plagued by drug …

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