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The Second Coming of Strangeways,
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This review is from: Age Of Reason (Audio CD)
December arrives and presumably a star in the east as it is well and truly the second coming, not of the son of god but of the gods of rock - Strangeways are back and oh my goodness how!
We were given a tease of things to come with previous album Perfect World and then a massive indication of just how good things were going to be with the Live At Firefest album and live shows at Firefest 2010 and 2011, but at last here it is and oh the wait has been worth it.
From the superb artwork of the cover through the songwriting, musicianship, singing and production nothing lets this astonishing album down in the slightest. Sometimes an album comes along and after one play you just know it's destined for all time rock classic status, this masterwork is one of them.
There is not one weak song here and songs such as Run, Playin' It Over, Call and especially Alive Again are sheer masterclasses in the art of writing a perfect rock song - U2 and Coldplay please listen and learn.
I was expecting a great record but here we have the classic line-up of Native Sons and Into the Fire back at the zenith of their powers, indeed this record is Into the Fire's natural successor such is the quality of it. It's as if the intervening two decades never happened. Ian James Stewart's guitar work and subtle solos are just brilliant but then we come to the vocals and the rock legend that is Terry Brock.
For those of us who have been fans of Terry's since the 80s sit down, breathe deep and prepare to be dazzled, with this album we are presented with quite simply Terry's best ever vocal performances and Playin' It Over will leave you staggered by the superb tone and power of his voice, it truly is getting better and better as the years pass.
I urge any fan of classic rock not to hesitate just scroll back up and order this CD right now, you won't be disappointed and it will be on repeat play for a long time. Sometimes bands reunite and it's never quite the same but with Strangeways now back to full power and firing on all cylinders they are better than ever and I can't wait for the upcoming tour and what I hope will be many more albums to come.
Ian, Terry, Jim, David and Munch thank you for the musical event of 2011, long may you continue!