Yes it’s true, Reverend & The Makers are up to their fifth album! Who would have thought it? Them Makers have maintained their indie rock sound, although a 23 minute dub version of the track ‘Mirrors’ (exclusive to all formats apparently) shows us what could have been. Plus a DVD with the deluxe CD version! On Cooking Vinyl.
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“Sounds like nothing I’ve heard since the great concept albums of the ’60’s”. Not my words but those of the great Noel Gallagher. With further positive sound bites from Carl Barat and Zane Lowe how can this not be good?
Well because Reverend and the Makers are terrible. Starting out as a kind of bargain bin Arctic Monkeys they have somehow managed to make it to five albums without anyone in authority telling them to stop. I’m trying to work out the appeal in early stomper ‘Black Widow’. It sounds vaguely Arctic Monkeys with an added kitchen sink thrown in. According to the chorus “she’s going to swallow you whole because she’s a black widow”. Nasty. If Gallagher is right about one thing though it’s that this is an ambitious work - well ambitious in terms of Brit rock stodge, tracks bleed into each other, there’s a myriad of styles on show and production is lively with all kinds of effects thrown into the mix and the odd mariachi interlude added for good measure.
It doesn't mask the lack of songwriting nous though and the feeling that you are listening to Arctic Monkey’s less tactically astute little brothers. Despite the extra effort, Reverend and the Makers are still firmly in the second division. Better than before but no cigar.
8/10 Tom Acornley 10th December 2015
Reverend and The Makers have forged a career out of throwing curveballs. At a time when all anyone associated the Steel City music scene with was just how good you looked on the dance floor, McClure and his posse were instead firing off gritty, kitchen sink narratives to electro beats and industrial grooves, sneering social commentary that placed them nearer The Streets than their Arctic Monkeys drinking buddies.
But if their breakthrough sound was one of a John Osborne play pushing into future soundscapes, here they fully acknowledge the past with echo’s of Ray Davis’s late sixties attempts to capture the soul of small town England and occasional forays into Beatle-esque acid flash psychedelia plus their own trademark sound which often sounds like the distant echo of their home city’s industrial past.
Already being hailed as the band’s masterpiece it manages to draw from not only from their own career path but is able to reference previous decades as easily as it looks into a bright, new musical horizon.
Maybe the curveball they have thrown here is to stop throwing curveballs and settled down to accept that they don’t have to be the mavericks anymore and in doing so have given themselves a lot more freedom to explore the bands musical potential. And the result is nothing short of brilliant.
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