The top 20 rock albums of 2011…19 Michael Monroe

Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe

19.  Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe

Released in March of this year, Sensory Overdrive is a spell-binding album by legendary former Hanoi Rocks singer, Michael Monroe and his band that consist of Ginger, Sami Yaffa, Karl Rockfist and Steve Conte.  Sensory Overdrive is his first studio album since 2003 dour Whatcha Want and boy is it worth the wait.

Performances at Download cemented Monroe as a rock god, and the album even won “Album of the Year” award at the 2011 Classic Rock magazine awards.

Album Highlights
Modern Day Pleaser will definitely be one for the live gigs, while 78 and Bombs Away have sublime riffs.  Buy this album from Play.com now

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Album review – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Black Stone Cherry

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It’s not often you come across an album that you know you are going to love and listen to over and over agin, is it?  Well, I have found one.  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  by the sublime Black Stone Cherry is, quite simply, a stunning album.  From the opening track, the dark, rustic tone of White Trash Millionaire  to the final track Die For You, it just doesn’t get tired.  I have listened to it at least 12-15 times already, and it keeps getting better and better.  Even the tracks I didn’t like at the beginning seem to be turning into some of the best songs.  Now that for me is a sign of a star record in the making!  “Record”?  How old am I..??

Anyway the track listing:

1.  White Trash Millionaire – the sole reason I bought the album in the first place.  Stunning opening with some deep and meaningful lyrics.  Lead singer, Chris Robertson’s vocals are epic and the riffs equally so.  This is a true rock anthem.  9/10.

2.  Killing Floor – Very dark, mysterious, underground feel.  Excellent track if you are in a bad mood so you can growl as you sing (or is that just me?).  7/10.

3.  In My Blood – Stunning song.  Excellent vocals and equally good riff, it’s a song that lifts you up after Killing Floor.  8/10.

4.  Such a Shame – Dirty, dirty riff.  Sounds a bet metal but don’t let that put you off, it’s a belter!  8/10.

5.  Won’t Let Go – A much slower track, but it seems whatever genre of song (does that make sense?) it seems to work.  8/10.

6.  Blame it on the Boom Boom – Single from the album, and as close to a pop-rock song as you will find here.  Utterly addictive mind.  9/10.

7.  Like I Roll – It says it all when one of the poorer tracks still manages to get a hefty seven.  7/10.

8.  Can’t You See – The standard isn’t really dropping yet, another great track.  7/10.

9.  Let Me See You Shake – A mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and country in this belter of a track.  8/10.

10. Stay – Beautiful song with actually meaningful lyrics.  Wouldn’t have thought that would you?  9/10.

11. Change – There is no letting up.  Another decent track.  7/10.

12. All I’m Dreaming Of – Another slower song and another excellent rock track.  Wow – this album rocks!  8/10.

Bonus tracks:

13. Staring at the Mirror – hmmmmm, unsure of this but still a half decent track, seems to be sloping off a bit, but then again these are bonus tracks.  6/10.

14. Fade Away –  Maybe not.  Love Fade Away.  8/10.

15. Die For You – Disappointing end to a fantastic album.  Can’t complain really tho, it’s not often you get 15 tracks of this calibre.  5/10.

At the end of the day, this is a truly superb album, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes rock, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, hard rock or metal.  It’s not often you listen to the first few songs of an album and know you are going to love the band, not just the album.  That is all I will say.  Buy it.  Now.  Plus they are doing a UK tour with Rival Sons.  Should be epic…

Album review : Fill your head with Rock by Bonafide

Fill your head with rock by Bonafide

A big thanks to Classic Rock magazine once again for putting me in contact with rock band Bonafide, and their little gem of an album Fill your head with Rock.

As you probably now, CR give away a free CD with every issue of their mag, and every time I find a little pearler or two which make me go out and purchase their album.  On this occasion it was the title track to Bonafide’s album which was released on the 28 January this year.

1.  Fill your head with Rock – I might be out on a limb here, but I suspect their influences include AC/DC, as the opening track has a very distinct feeling of For those about to rock (we salute you).  Not that’s a bad thing.  Most certainly not.  Fill your head is a very, very good track and a track that certainly takes you back to the glory days of the 70’s.  It’s a thunderous start to an album.  9/10.

2.  No doubt about it – Great drums, great rift, great vocals.  Crumbs he sounds like Brian Johnson.  Backing vocals kick in – very DC.  Great song, but seems to be lacking a big chorus.  7/10.

3.  Kick me out – Now we are talking, this is proper rock and roll.  Pontus Snibb’s vocal range is really excelled here.  Just found out they are swedish.  8/10.

4.  I don’t need a doctor – Again, if you like rock ‘n’ roll, there is nothing to dislike here.  The riffs are dirty, the lyrics are intriguing and I believe they have a hidden meaning?  Very clever.  7/10.

5.  Can’t explain – Now anyone that is planning to cover a classic song by The Who needs to be careful.  This could have gone horribly wrong, but it’s not too bad actually.  Granted it’s not a patch on the original and it’s very similar to it, but it’s not too bad.  6/10.

6.  Nice boys (don’t play rock ‘n’ roll) – Back to form with the final track – a great finale to an all-in-all very good rock and roll album.  8/10

Now if you are missing a bit of 70’s rock then I suggest you go out and give this album a go.  They are a bon-a-fide rock group.  Check out their website – http://www.bonafiderocks.com/index2.html