Scott Warren “Good Love”
Scott Warren (Signal Hill Transmission) brought together the same cast as his 2012 effort Dyed In The Wool, but this time with a big studio sound complete with horns and string arrangements. Starting with the solid “Good Love” it’s one of the best openers this year, with melodic muscle in the chorus. “Cold Feet” is worthy follow up, with a wicked guitar solo at the break about a hot-and-cold love affair.
“Idle Hands” recalls Matthew Sweet’s dense bed of drums and riffs, but then he slows down for “Why Won’t You Come Around?” before it builds up to a bluesy crecendo that knocks it out of the park. A few country styled songs are wedged in here, but don’t resonate as strongly as the rock. The ballad “Fall in Line” is a good palette cleanser for the Fleetwood Mac-ish “When I Get Away From You.” A slow tempo cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Trouble” closes things out. This is terrific album that deserves to be heard. Highly Reccomended!
Stay “The Mean Solar Times”
Barcelona based Stay are a psych-rock collective that bears more than a passing resemblance to Oasis, as the new album The Mean Solar Times was produced by Owen Morris (The Verve, Oasis) and features a guest guitar slot for Andy Bell (Ride, Oasis, Beady Eye). There is a solid Britpop vibe mixed with some psychedelic rock and so fans of both genres will enjoy the interplay of synths, organ, harmonies and great lead guitar riffs perfectly executed on “Pinkman.”
Fans of The Byrds will dig “You Know It’s Alright” with its easy going chorus and jangling bed of guitar rhythm. And while “Dirty and Alone” and “Always Here” have that Manchester vibe similar to The Stone Roses, the sitar is thrown in to give it a retro gloss. No real duds and a highly recommended trip through your headphones.