Soaring heartland rock here that The Boss himself would happily put his name to. Just one look at the Springsteen-esque track titles here - ‘Hard Love’, ‘Radio Kids’, ‘Salt Brothers’ and so on. The middle of those three is a great first single, expensive-sounding and stirring. Could be one of those ones to cop a first pressing of now and watch it accrue value.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2017
Like Bruce Springsteen if he only listened to Idaho records, Strand Of Oaks have an enormous radio friendly sound but with plenty of tangled guitars for folks who dream of a My Bloody Valentine/John Cougar Mellancamp collision course. 'Radio Kids' is simply amazing. This sound my dream 1988 record. Wild distorted guitars and heartland rock that makes REO Speedwagon seem like bedroom dwelling wimps. The other track I have access to is so bad it makes me think I've wandered into a particularly bad Whitesnake concert by mistake.
Anyway I can't judge an album on two songs so until I can hear more then just chew on the above for a bit.
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