|The Quireboys – ‘Twisted Love’ (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Friday, 30 September 2016 03:00|
Seemingly forever on tour and then in the studio, The Quireboys are back with another long player. And this time 'Twisted Love' isn't a country honking acoustic affair but a full-on, plugged-in electric rocka with ten premier cuts of good old blues influenced rock and roll.
Without wasting any time, the album gets right into it with 'Torn And Frayed', which is a blues lickin', harmonica honkin,' backbeat groovin barnstormer. Come on! The Quireboys have well and truly got their mojo and are having it large.
'Ghost Train' sees Keith Weir tinkle the keys as he layers swirling organ with straight up barroom rollocking as Guy and Paul respectively duel out the six strings. Spike is also in fine fettle as he croons a tale about being on the ghost train whilst being under the influence of acid.
'Killing Time' is the finest duelling Malcolm and Angus number ‘DC never recorded. Honestly, Griffin and Guerin absolutely stone cold nailed it on 'Killing Time', as the Quireboys flex muscles that might well raise an eyebrow or two as they get heavy (but in a good way): Spike also turns in a top performance, and the backing vocals courtesy of Lynne Jackaman help the track to simply soar! Great stuff.
Without a ballad in sight, 'Twisted Love' is ten songs that just get on with the rock but it wouldn't be right if the Quireboys turned their back on the roll as well. These cats have been in this game for too long and know exactly what it takes to turn in album number ten and to make it a chest beating doff of the cap to something that is a quintessential British sounding rock record.
The title track kicks back whilst the well-oiled machine goes through the gears with consummate ease from the swirling keyboards to the vocals both lead and backing to the splendid guitar tone The Quireboys have hit a seam of pure gold and know exactly what it takes to deliver the goods.
'Breaking Rocks' has swagger and the rework of 'Gracie B' is a good enough reason to rework a song into a heaving beast as the restrained guitar playing is what makes the song as these guys know when to kick back and when to step forward - something a lot of players will never grasp. Is it the swirling organ or the vocals that raise this rework - who knows? but I'm sure we'll all agree its been worth reworking that's for sure. A musical treat for the ears of any discerning listener.
If pushed, I love 'Lifes A Bitch' as it's uncomplicated straight forward rock and roll played with a bit of edge and a lot of bollocks. It's not all balls to the wall rockers mind as the soulful 'Stroll On' is mid-Seventies Stones with plenty of Noo Yawk swagger, as Spike narrates rather than sing the verses and to take a little side step is welcome.
Whilst I did say there was no balladeering on this one, I did tell a little porkie, as the album closer 'Midnight Collective' sees the band take a walk on the wildside - and I'm being straight up here when I say if Rod Stewart was to record this today and release it ALL the press, and fans old and new, would be salivating over him finally writing and recording a real song and a good one at that. Cool and smouldering would be a fair description and Jagger used to be able to pen backing vocals like that too.
As the Quireboys turn in album number ten, fans old and new need to give this one plenty of their time because if it doesn't grab you on first play it will by the second or third. Never write off a band with such quality amongst its members because you'll regret it.
'Twisted Love' is sublime and a mighty fine long player that is and will continue to get plenty of air time ‘round this gaff.
The Quireboys play a series of both electric and acoustic shows across the UK in December. Full details can be found HERE.