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BABYLON AD LIVE AT 25 ALBUM REVIEW 2015

GUN - FRANTIC

CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL | Release Date: March 31st 2015

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Gun is full of left turns these days but the quality of their music always shines through and ‘Frantic’ is no exception. This is an album that will have you coming back for more…


If you like surprises then the ‘Gospel’ meets ‘Pop’ on album opener ‘Let It Shine’ grabs your ears in the way that Primal Scream mashed the Stones with Dance on ‘Loaded; and proto stomp rock is the fast-beating heart of ‘Labour of Life’, a song draped with the same slick Pop via early Elvis Costello. Gun has managed to pull it off again in their own distinct way since their rebirth – this is great music of that there’s no doubt and the fact that it both eschews and appropriates from their former life whilst opening the door to seemingly anything that wanders by is both inspired and inspiring.


The almost Zeppelin-approximate backbeat of ‘Beautiful Smile’ against a spoken vocal that develops into an almost trance-like refrain is huge and entrancing; put that up against the Tom Petty vibe of ‘One Wrong Turn’ and the lighter acoustic led ‘Our Time’: both are strong contemporary rock songs that prove the versatility of the band and the strength of their song-writing: either could be huge on the radio in places like Australia and yet have enough depth and spirit to wipe away the swathes of ‘also-rans’… and by ‘Also rans’ we mean practically any bearded fool with an acoustic that clogs up the charts.


‘Frantic’ the title-track is the song that may divide listeners though, it’s strangely beguiling and yet very contemporary alt-rock, but given tie to breathe it becomes more compelling after repeated listens.


By contrast ‘Hold Your Head Up’ is a beautiful cascading song almost Beatles-like initially, and stunningly catchy with beautifully harnessed passion and energy held together by a great refrain: it’s the sort of song you feel could have been an epic centrepiece, full-blown and magnificent yet here it barely troubles the three minute mark.


‘Big City’ adds a mild breezy punk-pop vibe, and gives way to the wonderful ‘Serephina’ a reworking of the song from the ‘Popkiller’ release with Toby Jepson at the helm in 2009 is magnificent, always a great song it smoulders here.


Closing proceedings ‘Never Knew What I Had’ closes a great and eclectic album by a band that seems to just get better by age. ‘Gun’ transcends any tag you might want to put on them and have become simply a great Rock band – one we all need to hear.

 


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