‘Angels’ Share’ released 1st November 2016.
Having followed The Simpletone’s journey since the summer of 2010, whether I liked it or not, I just knew we had to review this highly anticipated album that the band have so gracefully named Angels‘ Share which was self released on 1st November 2016.
Of course like all music critics out there today, we all have our own opinions as to whether a band is any good or not, purely for the simple fact that we spend so much of our spare time watching live bands and I have to say that when asked to review an album for a band, I usually run for the hills screaming “WIFE” and she normally sorts it for me. To be honest, I struggle with being positive and critical at the same time, especially when taking into consideration all the time and effort the band has gone to with writing and production and of course, not to mention practice time aswell but when it comes to The Simpletone, it positive news all day long – true Rock ‘n’ Roll without the bullshit.
Just to give people some back-ground information about these guy’s from the Cambridgeshire area – the band released their first album ‘Rampenny‘ back in 2012, then went on to release a second album called ‘Dark Matter’ in 2014 which I also had the pleasure of reviewing. The Simpletone are without a doubt in a league of their own and over the years, I’ve watched them grow into the formidable force that they have become today. A good old fashioned rock band with attitude, relentless raw energy and bursting with anti-establishment written all over them, after all what’s a rebel without a cause and why not, it’s only rock n roll but we like it!
This album is for fans across the globe because as expected, Angels‘ share delivers a thoroughly magical mix of rock with groovy rolls. I’m also pleased to say that it still retains some darker forces with an alternative edge plus a few twists and turns throughout.
The first song ‘Out of Control‘ was what I’d call good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll that places The Simpletone still firmly on track. The band have stayed true to their roots as masters of musical evolution following a willingness to learn, explore and create that, which has endless possibilities. This song is an album seller!
The band have released a video for ‘Storm Chaser‘ in support of the new album so do check it out. I think it’s a beautiful and exhausting track all at the same time with lots of low and highs, almost like the story of a bumble bee stuck in a room bashing it’s head against a window trying to find a way out, a relentless battle and I have to say I love the keyboard in this track – feed me more Simpletone, now!
The album continues on with the ever so distinctive sound of ‘Black Box‘, with it’s filling of heavier rock riffs that fuel a desire that make me wanna get groovy. The devil sure found his way into this one and for me it is a lyrical master class with the perfect mix of sound and vision. This track is followed by ‘Fire In The Sky‘ which is a good title for this track but I’d consider changing the name to zoom, have a listen and you’ll know what I mean. Please add another two minutes to this song Glenn as it’s an amazing track, just a real shame it’s over before it begins and you’ve definitely left me wanting more!
The sixth track on the album ‘Nehemiah‘ really got me thinking about how different it was from the others as in the absence of Glenn’s distinctive vocals, the voice of the band is heard through the content of drum, bass and guitar. Maybe somebody lit a spliff before writing it as it starts off as a really lightly chilled ambient kind of acoustic track which then bursts into one of the best guitar solo’s I’ve heard in decades.
As we head towards the end of the album, things start to slow down slightly with track seven – it only gets better. A degree slower than the first few songs but it has a great feeling to it and suddenly bursts into the mayhem of guitar riffing madness that feeds any true rockers heart with epic vibes.
Things are definitely back on track with the next little number, ‘Above So Below‘ and for me, this track sits perfectly in the Simpletone comfort zone and can easily be enjoyed by all music lovers. A well written structured mix and one of my favorite tracks on the album so I’m sure this track will be a very popular.
The band have also released a second single in the form of ‘Easy Come‘ and it’s well worth a watch to see what you think but for me, this is a plain and simple master piece from the Simpletone once again and as Glenn clearly states in this song ‘their are no rules in Rock n Roll’.
The final track on the album is ‘Hunters‘ and here enters the ghost in the machine or should I say the storm is coming. There are definitley darker forces a foot here, as this track raises two fingers up to the establishment with a message that the only real democracy that exists in this country today is Rock n Roll. A perfect finale to a truly enjoyable album from The Simpletone and one which I can confidently recommend.
Full track list: 1.Out of Control 2.Love Street 3.Storm chaser 4.Black box 5.Fire In The Sky 6.Nehemiah 7.Day By Day 8.As Above so below 9.Easy Come 10.Hunters.
The Simpletone: Glenn Eastoe, john Davison, Craig Seymour and Tom Cahill.
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Review by Martin Wardle.