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www.devineelectricmusic.com | February 12 2016

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It’s here – Sydney’s Devine Electric finally release their first full length album two years in the making, and it’s going to make a splash when it hits the stores and online next February for sure…


Most of you ‘in the know’ Downunder will have heard the name Devine Electric, whether from their 3 excellent EPs or perhaps from tour support slots with the likes of Rose Tattoo and international artists such as Lita Ford, Stryper, Lost Angels and Gilby Clarke. They’re a band with a great live show and a crunching Hard Rock sound.


The new album features 9 of their best, taking in 6 glorious new tracks alongside re-workings of 3 of the best cuts from their second and third EPs.


Opening up with the first single (check it out it already available for download) it’s very much a case of best foot forward (until you realise that the other eight steps here are equally indispensable). ‘It Happens All the Time’ is quite possibly the best we’ve heard yet from the band, opening all bluesy and kicking into gear it’s got the spirit of Rose Tattoo in its veins whilst ‘You’re So Vicious’ has that Sunset Strip swagger that never gets old. It’s a great double-shot to open.


Taking us back to the second EP ‘Shy Love’ gets a huge makeover eschewing the hard rocking original to add a sensitive side and a truck full of melody whilst ‘One on One’ underlines the dirty raw blues-edged rock heart of the album via Guns ‘n’ Roses and stays close to the already great original recording.  


It’s ‘Don’t Lie to Me’ that adds both contrast and depth though, keys and vocals dominate a beautifully constructed almost singer-songwriter rock epic. It’s a track that makes you wonder about the possibilities that lay ahead in its six minute plus playing time.
‘Tears You Cry’ gets back to the hard rock and simmers before hitting its singalong refrain and rocking out. ‘Good to See You Again’ has an almost seventies flavor and quirkiness before a solid chorus, it’s a song with a great vibe and uplifting swagger and some great sax (!) – yes sax…


The album closes with two of the best: ‘I Wanna Change the World’ again has that mellower vibe and retro feel, it’s that other side to the band again that really does make you feel that a real musical transformation and exciting growth is not just on the way, it’s happening now and it feels good.


We close with another blast from the past, this time sounding untouched: the swagger of crowd favourite ‘Don’t Feel Like Home’ has just that right balance of danger and menace like all the best rock.


For those that expected Devine Electric to stand still, the most exciting aspect of this full length debut is the progression seen in the new material. This is damned good and how these new songs will sound live just might be the best night out you’ll have next year…    

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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