If You Have Something To Say is an album that takes you by suprise. As a debut album you'd expect a safety first approach, but the band sound as though they have studied the blues grunge formbook and taken their own approach to it with gusto.
Opener 'That Same Ole' creeps in slowly and sets the tone for an album that rises and falls like a boat at sea. The band are clearly comfortable in their craft and the songwriting is inspired and certainly not forced.
'Woke Up Wrong Day', Remember Noah Kitterick' and 'Pendulum Effect' are all big bold tracks but the band show a considerable depth of technique and restraint, and rein in the attempt to rock out completely and 'lose' the songs.
'Before We Start' slows the pace again, initially, but leads perfectly into 'Make Me Smile' and the lovely 'Take Me Home'.
'I've Got A New Pain' shows the band having fun and playing as loose as they can while still holding it together.
'Making My Way' and 'A Day to Reflect' close out the album and they imprint the rise and swell that 'If You Have Something To Say' takes you on.
Not overly produced, thankfully, and an honest and earnest first attempt by a band who crafted an album rather than going through the 'recording' motions.
Hearts and influences are worn on sleeves throughout and hearts and minds will be won over by this brave, outstanding debut. More please. David O'Halloran C.C.R.
released 26 December 2012
Recorded at Cleggan Bay Studios, Connemara. Mixed and Produced by Greg Yule
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