The long-awaited debut album from The Motives is finally released, featuring one of the UK's finest contemporary blues guitarists Matt Taylor alongside the cream of British musicians; Andy Graham, voted best bass player of years 2010 + 2011 in the British Blues Awards; Johnny Dyke, a keyboard stalwart of the UK scene; Roy Martin who has drummed on numerous albums.
On first listen to this album the most striking feature is the very high quality of the song-writing both lyrically and musically. There are two tracks co-written with Mark Butcher, `Find Another Love' and `Nature's Cruel Design', both very soulful in sound and heartfelt lyrically. The title track of last year's EP release `Gangsters' was written by Raf Ravenscroft (Baker Street saxophone star) is one of the non- Motives compositions, the other being written by and a tribute to the much missed Kevin Thorpe, titled `If You Were Gone', featuring some lovely guitar from Matt. `Gone Before' is I guess going to be a track that a lot of people will rave about, and so they should, it's the `epic' cd track playing at over seven minutes, it's a band collaboration and showcases all that is great about The Motives, classy keyboards and guitar, with the rhythm section providing the glue that sticks the groove to the melody. The rest of the tracks are Matt Taylor songs, along with the British Blues nominated `Leap Of Faith' we have `Never Tell A Lie' and `Cookie Jar' providing an opening three tracks on the album that will be hard to match anywhere. The glorious `After All This Borrowed Time' is quite hypnotic and fastly becoming a song I have to play twice when the album is played, it precedes album closer of `Baby Don't Lose My Number' showing that the band can `shuffle' as good as anyone around. `The Rules Don't Apply' is a deal clincher, inspired choice of Ian Siegal guesting as `the devil' on the song.
This album is one of the best I have heard this year and was well worth the wait, the quality of Matt Taylor's electrifying guitar works with Jonny Dyke's virtuoso Hammond and piano over a rock solid rhythm section of Roy Martin on drums and Andy Graham on Bass, is a joy to behold.Read more ›
Matts vocals and great guitar playing are superbly mixed in with awesome keys from Johnny Dyke. Every song on this album is a winner in its own right, from up beat to incredibly heartfelt. Great in the car or just chilling at home. Buy it, these guys deserve the break.