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The Quireboys - Black Eyed Sons

The Quireboys
Black Eyed Sons
by Andrew Sifari at 04 July 2014, 11:57 AM

Legendary London rockers THE QUIREBOYS are back, following up 2013’s “Beautiful Curse” with this year’s “Black Eyed Sons.” The album is being released as a triple pack, containing the new record along with a collection of rarities as well as assorted ‘classic’ tracks from the group’s earlier albums. It’s a pretty cool deal for fans of the band to get everything in one, convenient package.

Now, on to the new stuff. THE QUIREBOYS as a band sound very much like the guys who churned out numbers like “7’o Clock” and “Sex Party” way back when, with heavy Glam and Blues influences, but one gets the impression that the band has had to tone things down a bit with age, albeit not by much. The album is very acoustic-guitar heavy at times, which seems like a subtle nod to the fact that vocalist Spike sounds like a little bit like someone whose chain smoking has finally caught up with them. He has just as much of his old swagger, and gives a great effort on the swinging “Troublemaker (Black Eyed Son),” but his voice has more than a normal rasp to it at times throughout the album. This problem isn’t nearly as noticeable on the great, slow burning “What Do You Want From Me?” “Julieanne” is another strong cut, bolstered by Keith Weir’s groovy keyboards, that is simultaneously lamenting and fun-sounding enough to not bring you down.

Double Dealin’” has a ballsy attitude that somewhat reminds me of UFO’sMother Mary.” Its one of the many moments throughout “Black Eyed Sons” that highlights just how good of a guitar album it is, with Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin’s punchy riffs and bluesy leads taking center stage here. “Lullaby of London Town” is another swinging track with a real 70s Rock vibe to it, and is followed up by the somber “The Messenger.” “You Never Can Tell” is a good, straightforward Blues Rock exercise. The last two acoustic numbers, “Mothers Ruin” and “Monte Cassino (Mothers Ruin),” don’t carry the same power as “Julieanne” but are solid nevertheless.

What THE QUIREBOYS prove on “Black Eyed Sons” is that while age is inevitable, good material stands the test of time, and this album has more than a few moments that stand up there with the band’s best works. Whether they’re playing foot-stomping Rock’n’Roll or softer, reflective acoustic passages, THE QUIREBOYS show that they have as much to offer now as they did back in the day. Recommended to fans of Classic Rock.

3 Star Rating

1. Troublemaker (Black Eyed Son)
2. What Do You Want From Me
3. Julieanne
4. Double Dealin’
5. Stubborn Kinda Heart
6. Lullaby of London Town
7. The Messenger
8. You Never Can Tell
9. Mothers Ruin
10. Monte Cassino (Mothers Ruin)
Spike - Vocals
Guy Griffin - Guitar
Paul Guerin - Guitar
Keith Weir - Keyboards
Pip Mailing - Drums
Nick Mailing - Bass
Record Label: Off Yer Rocka Recordings


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