Those Roald Dahl and folk-rock fans Danny and the Champions of the World are back with a new and extra-large album named Brilliant Light, containing eighteen tracks over two discs. Oh and by the way, while stocks last you can get your hands on triple CD and triple LP editions that includes a whole extra album (Photogene) as a bonus! Ooooh. On Loose Music.
Double LP £19.99 VJLP233
2LP on Loose Music.
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- Includes download code.
Triple LP £25.99 VJLP233LTD
2LP on Loose music + limited indies only bonus LP.
CD £12.99 VJCD233LTD
2CD on Loose Music + limited indies only bonus CD.
CD £11.49 VJCD233
2CD on Loose Music.
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Funniest thing I ever saw. No, not the same thing I mentioned in my recent the Charlatans review which I was forced to delete as the singer complained (true). This time it was Danny and the Champions of the World playing at the Crescent in York. A boisterous set culminating in one of those jam things Bruce Springsteen does where each band member takes a solo, playing to the crowd. It took about half an hour to get through the whole band. Fine in a stadium but there were about 25 people in attendance. It made me warm even more to Danny and the Champions of the World, it didn't seem to matter if there was 1 or 10,000 people there - they were still going to do it.
They are what they are - an excellent bar band who play country-ish blue collar rock whilst travelling round the heartlands of the UK. This seems to be their 'The River' - a sprawling double album that goes on and on and veers from tear jerked ballads to gravelly Springsteen-ish rockers to the sort of soulful country-rock Danny George Wilson produced with his previous band Grand Drive. There's a worrying foray into reggae (the sort of thing that will forever remind me of Mike Read's 'UKIP Calypso' on 'It Hit Me' but otherwise we are in the gritty and down home world of hard workin', guitar totin' gum chewin' rock. They are at their best on blustery heartlands ballads like 'Consider Me' and the opener 'Waiting For the Right Time' - the sort of thing people who like War on Drugs think they are listening to.... but this is the real thing complete with paisley neckerchiefs. These are the kind of gruff rough hewn rockers John Cougar wrote even before he added Mellencamp to his name.
Literally no-one reading this will like it but I tell you what, my dad is going to flip.
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