Category Archives: rock

Gold Rush – Hannah Aldridge (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t just the various sounds that make up the songs; hints of country, heartland rock, southern gothic and more that create a geographical fix for Hannah Aldridge’s sophomore album. There is something else that inhabits the spaces between the … Continue reading

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The Mothers Earth Experiment – The Mothers Earth Experiment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of exploring the music too closely, right from the off the two things that scream out at me as I dip my toe in its sonic waters are the sheer eclecticism and the … Continue reading

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Artist Profile – Illacrimo

Illacrimo are the perfect band for the post-genre world, wandering effortlessly as they do between musical styles. Whilst they have one foot firmly planted in a slick alternative rock vibe it is what they gather around that which sets them … Continue reading

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The Night Turns into Morning Light – Martin Lucassen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time around I found myself exploring Martin Lucassen’s musical territory; I was enchanted by the “less is more” quality of the album in question. I know that is a bit of a cliché, but clichés are clichés for a … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXXI: What’s Her Name – Smoking Martha

Even with the best of intentions, rock music has a habit of veering off into cliché and self-parody. But what if you could find a way of discarding the extraneous silliness and blend all those remaining exciting and integral threads … Continue reading

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No One Knows Me – Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sitting here slightly fragile after a night watching a Dallas rocker with a country swagger tear a hole where the stage in an English venue used to be, the latest release from Billy and the boys feels like the perfect … Continue reading

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Ocean Grey – Port Erin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the Floydian teaser of the albums first release The Fuzz and All That They Feed promised great things, even the high musical benchmarks that Port Erin have already set for themselves didn’t quite hint at just what a musical … Continue reading

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Early Demos and Unfinished Nonsense – Skeleton Dance (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Good music paints pictures with sound. Great music conjures scenes from imaginary stories. Then there is music such as is found in this collection of songs that seems to spring to life like a soundtrack to a movie yet to … Continue reading

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What You Deserve – Anonymous (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Classic rock, hard rock, rock…call it what you will but we can all agree that we are in familiar territory here. Not that it is a problem, not everything is about kicking down the barriers and exploring new pastures, some of … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CLXXVI : Just How She Died – Tommy Hale and The Magnificent Bastards

Like most musical labels employed by journalists and music tribe devotees, Americana, roots…even alt-country seem to have lost any meaning rather quickly. Despite hailing from a part of the world where those labels are used in abundance, Tommy Hale is … Continue reading

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Spare Parts For Broken Hearts – Paul Menel and The Essentials (reviewed by Dave Franklin

The inclusion of the track Common Ground on this album makes for an interesting point of reference between past and present. Menel’s anthem for the doomed youth of The Somme is one of the high points of the first of … Continue reading

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The Semi-Hollow – Les Robot (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I know I’m always searching for music that is pushing new boundaries, testing the limits, fusing disparate threads into new forms and making truly creative inroads towards new sonic pastures. Occasionally you find it in the fleeting corners of more … Continue reading

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Reflections of Love – Les Fradkin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

New Age music is one of those categories that are so broad as to almost not have any consensus of definition. If, however, you use it to classify music, which is used to create an inspiring, relaxing and uplifting environment … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXIII: Get Loud – Roadcase Royale

There are so many ways to approach this intriguing new band’s debut single. You could mention that it is spearheaded by two musical icons, Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield. You could wax lyrical about the formers long career with Heart … Continue reading

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