Well it is June and if I don’t keep a rolling top 10(ish) I often forget gems come the year end lists.
Been a good year so far and these ten are my personal faves to date:
- BIG BIG TRAIN Folklore – more excellent folk/prog from BBT.
- FROST* Falling Satellites – classy progressive music with a distinctive pop edge.
- DAN REED NETWORK Fight Another Day – excellent return and good mix of their classic sound and some more modern twists.
- CHEAP TRICK Boom Zoom Crazy…Hello – they are back and as good as ever. Possibly their best album since their mid-80’s heyday.
- INGLORIOUS – very assured debut album, hard rocking blues.
- TOSELAND Cradle the Rage –his vocal is slightly weird, damn fine tunes though.
- THE DOWLING POOLE One Hyde Park – quintessential quirky pop rock. Superb stuff.
- CIRCUS MAXIMUS Havoc – had low expectations on this one and was proved wrong. Harmonies galore and massive hook filled songs.
- TAX THE HEAT Fed to the Lions – saw them supporting Kansas and was impressed then. Strong debut album, blue, rock, modern rock – just grab a listen.
- LEFT WITH PICTURES After Life – chamber pop is the musical handle of this talented combo. Classical arrangements, moving lyrics and singing, what’s not to like?