1:00pm Saturday 29th December 2012
By Telegraph & Argus
The Jim Jones Revue – The Savage Heart (Play It Again Sam) **
This is undoubtedly a marmite collection of tracks. Opening track It’s Gotta Be About Me hits like a bizarre mash of Rocky Horror and Kiss blended into one rather peculiar beginning to a peculiar album. With new addition Henri Herbert on the keyboards, this latest offering by the band bears a more accomplished sound than previous efforts. Nonetheless the vigorous backing, combined with quite cumbersome lyrics, are definitely not to most tastes. Hit and miss to say the least.
Charlotte McCallum, 21, accountant, Bradford
Waves Of Fury – Thirst (Alive Records) **
This is the debut album from Somerset-based Waves Of Fury, They have certainly pulled out all the stops to re-interpret all the sounds of yesteryear with the reinvention of Motown soul, Stax horns and a fair bit of experimental punk styles from what you might describe as the Stooges or PiL stables, Sounds good? Well it did to me until the singing started, at which point I just wanted to remove myself to another room as far from the hi-fi as possible. It all sounds like it has been sung inside an empty metal dustbin. But these are deliberate recording choices that the band have made which sadly spoilt the album completely for me. A shame because the music is actually quite good.
Nigel Goodman, 55, teacher, Heaton
Breathless – Green To Blue (Tenor Vossa) **
Why do some bands insist on releasing a double album when just one would suffice? Breathless do very little indeed for me and I found them to be incredibly boring with most songs slowly dragging on for way too long with not much happening in the songs. It wouldn’t be so bad if the singer had a bit of melody in his voice or if the band would chuck in a third chord instead of forever being stuck on playing the same two. The guitarist may very well be using dozens of effect pedals but he isn’t actually doing anything any good with them.
Russ Petcher, 37, bassist, Low Moor
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