This is the third album by hard rocking outfit Audrey Horne. Earlier I reviewed their debut here. Must dig out their second as well, as that is also a clear winner…
They claim this is their best to date and I tend to agree. Though their second is a hard one to beat.
Because of a more diverse sound (besides organ, now also mellotron peeps through), even more melody and more change of tempo between songs, I think this always important third release is the winner by some points.
If you heard the band before, you already know what to do. For those who are unfamiliar with Audrey Horne´s music, let me try to paint you a picture: this is hard rock with guts, but highly melodic as well. In fact most songs have a haunting quality that is very hard to resist. It´s got groove in abundance.
The lead vocals are cleverly accompanied by backing vocals thus adding to the melodic impressions. The vocals are a strong force, though not necessarily sounding typical hard rock, but more alternative instead. As this sets them a little apart, I think it is a bonus!
Another welcome feature is the use of Hammond to colour the sound. People who read my reviews regularly know that is a point scorer.
And last but not least, their songs are vary varied, they do not shy away from a little trickery here or there, so are able to keep things fresh.
So if hard rock does it for you, buy this! Yeah, that simple.
Personal play tips: too hard to choose.