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Give it a few listens then get the party started
on 9 July 2014
Another very strong album from Bellowhead. I share some of the thoughts of others on the change of the produced sound, but once you've got used to it 'Revival' is really quite addictive.
The band should be rightly proud of their live reputation, and I expect many of the tracks here will be very danceable and become live favourites, but this latest in a series of fine albums really should gain their recorded work more widespread recognition. Some people have commented 'Revival' is more commercial than its predecessors but I would argue that if a band can make songs about such things as the fate of 19th century American fighting ships accessible to a broader audience then they should be applauded.
Personal favourites are the thumping 'Roll Alabama', pacy 'Fine Sally' and the instrumental 'Jack Lintel', which you have to listen to quite carefully to appreciate the complex interplay of looping dance tunes. I love the sweeping ambition of 'Moon Kittens' and the dark 'Greenwood Side' , the machine-gun percussion at the end of Cajun-tinged 'RosemaryLane', the burst of brass midway through 'Let Her Run'. On the downside 'Bright Lights' is that rarest of things for me as a 'Bellowhead' track I really dislike.
I also think the track running order could have been better to allow a pause for breath after the first 3 tracks- as it is much of the contrast in intensity sits in the last 3 tracks. It's not the longest album and given some of the riches on offer on the bonus cd it is a shame one or two of them didn't make it onto the standard edition. Others have enthused about the bonus disc and it is indeed a must-have for fans of the band, even if some tracks offer little new or advancement on what we've heard before. 'Three Drunken Maidens' will hopefully one day make its way into the live set as it is in the spirit of the likes of 'London Town' which are still welcomed as the party songs that invariably have you leaving a Bellowhead gig happier with life than when you went in.