Having just listened to and reviewed A-Ha's simply
dreadful new album 'Foot Of The Mountain' it is
both a relief and a real pleasure to have had the
opportunity to hear Reverend and The Makers splendid
new collection 'A French Kiss In The Chaos'.
No frills, no fuss, high octane melodic rock of the highest calibre.
A little bit old-fashioned in the best possible way.
In Jon McClure the band have a talented and charismatic front man.
The force behind the fire. The bees knees. A big, bad, boss man.
What a great little band they are. Tight as a vice.
'No Wood Just Trees' is alone worth the price of the album.
The rhythm section and brass arrangement is electric.
The raw conviction of McClure's performance on 'Long Long Time',
at just two and a half minutes, is the album's highpoint.
A simple and simply beautiful song, beautifully sung.
'No Soap (In A Dirty War)', too, is a classy piece of writing.
Strong melody, rousing chorus and an ecstatic, driving conclusion.
(Arcade Fire at their elemental best came to mind).
'Manifesto / People Shapers' is a rapturous, echo-laden, incantation.
Politically charged voodoo for a spiritually challenged age.
'Hard Time For Dreamers' brings the album to a dark conclusion.
The song wears its heart on its sleeve. The sincerity is self-evident.
I'm A Believer.
Very Highly Recommended.