Song reviews

  Battlefield by Helen Townsend

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Helen Townsend jumps in at the deeper end of the Americana pool with her song “Battlefield”. The song is, of course, a love song of the broken down blue collar variety but it’s nicely put together in a seventies folk rock kind of way.

Review date:  November 25 2023

  Get Atomic by The Creachies

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It must have been a long week as I don’t normally go for quirky indie pop yet there was something, almost manically, appealing about “Get Atomic” by The Creachies. The song is all sugary and fluffy but, although we don’t admit it, we all like candy floss.

Review date:  November 25 2023

  Years by Ian Shaw and Matt Kent

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It is getting to be the time of year when the sentimental duet becomes once more popular. “Years” is indeed such a duet that definitely strolls on the showtune side of the street but the elegant Shaw and Kent vocals make the whole thing worthwhile.

Review date:  November 24 2023

  Creeping Through My Head by Rhea

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Rhea plunder the retro rock vibe with their song “Creeping Through My Head” and, if you like your guitars loud and your choruses singalong, then this one will be for you. A song that should sound good through a stadium sized PA system.

Review date:  November 24 2023

  Chemical Oblivion by REDSMITHVII

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The first time I heard “Chemical Oblivion” I thought that some American band had discovered British indie rock and decided that it needed even more power chords. Fortunately, REDSMITHVII are both British and also do literate lyrics. Play loud!

Review date:  November 21 2023

  Rise and Shine by Pelos

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No problems with this song. Pelos takes the melodic and melancholic as inspirational energy and that keeps his song “Rise and Shine” rolling like it was bathed in the light of the setting sun of the seventies. Maturity wins again.

Review date:  November 18 2023

  Never by Denzeity

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Unexpectedly boisterous for a song of these days, “Never” solidly rocks out to the tune of a positively manic guitar and Denzeity’s taking it to the bridge vocal. Like I said, really not of this time and all the better for that.

Review date:  November 18 2023

  Cold Star by Outblinker

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Outblinker have been in the time machine again and have returned this time with a mid-eighties psychedelia meets the dance floor song that must surely inspire juvenile delinquency even in these desensitised days. Aortarota adds her voice to the "Cold Star" trip.

Review date:  November 17 2023

  Rolling Stone by Kelsey Montanez

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In something akin to a stylistic throwback to the days of seventies rock, Kelsey Montanez struts her stuff like a lady on the guitar powered train and “Rolling Stone” does indeed roll like it is always on the right track. A bourbon for breakfast song.

Review date:  November 17 2023

  Simply Be by Debora Rusch

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Rusch simply exudes class with her song “Simply Be” pulling all the best bits from mainstream eighties soul music and mixing them in with a dash of supper club jazz. Elegantly performed and easy on the ear.

Review date:  November 17 2023

  Hunters of Hope by Miss Chain & The Broken Heels

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Entertainingly upbeat, Miss Chain & The Broken Heels could start a montage on any decent television series with their song “Hunters of Hope” easily demonstrating that their energetic pop punk moves could easily cause an attack of rapidly intercut visuals.

  Haunted by Georgia Reed

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If, in the good old US of A, there is still such a thing as FM radio then Georgia Reed would have no problem getting her song “Haunted” on to a playlist. The song is polished and professionally put together so don’t touch that dial.

Review date:  November 11 2023

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