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Even if you only bought ‘Hey You’ or ‘Seven O’Clock’ twenty years ago, you’re gonna love this.

The Quireboys seem to have been around forever, but surprisingly this is only their 7th album. Often referred to as a modern version of The Faces, or referenced when people are wondering what would happen if Rod Stewart recorded decent songs, they’ve refused to give up, being loved for their sheer endurance as well as their music. A few charting singles helped them out in the early 90’s, but it’s been four years since their last album, and you’d be forgiven for wondering if they were even still going (unless, of course, you saw them supporting Saxon earlier this year).

Straight off, it has to be said that ‘Beautiful Curse’ is easily amongst the best things the band has ever done. Bizarrely, along with the usual Stones and Faces type of influences, it also has a healthy resemblance to John Mellencamp, and anyone familiar with him will do a double take as opener ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ starts off with it’s simple guitar strumming. Of course, it’s soon enlivened by a bit of honky-tonk piano and Spike’s gorgeous, rasping vocals. It’s one of those songs that you will easily be singing along with by the second chorus, and a fine example of what the Quireboys do best. There’s a good few songs of this ilk - lively, catchy and perfectly balanced. Check out ‘Homewreckers & Heartbreakers’, ‘Diamonds & Dirty Stones’ or the AC/DC groove of ‘For Crying Out Loud’. The title track is a fantastic mid paced song that could have been sung by Mellencamp in the 90’s, whilst ‘King Of Fools’ would have been a hit for the Rolling Stones in the early days. Basically, this is all diamonds without a dirty stone in sight.

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I’ve seen the ‘boys a few times in the past, and they already have plenty of cool tracks with which to get an audience moving. With ‘Beautiful Curse’ they could double their set length without any worries at all. It’s an album that is everything you ever liked about the band, and even if you only bought ‘Hey You’ or ‘Seven O’Clock’ twenty years ago, if you ever hum those tracks with a smile on your face you’re gonna love this.

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Franco Cerchiari said:

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It's a sad thing when great bands like this get overlooked, or get lost in an endless landscape of bland musical groups. In a day when Disney fluff seems to sell in the millions, and mindless music are overtaking our airwaves, great music like this lays low, seemingly unheard of.

Gritty, and uncomplicated Beautiful Curse is part Rolling Stones, part The Stage Dolls and part Hanoi Rocks. No tracks are blisteringly fast, no searing guitar solos, no monster sized drum rolls, just straight forward rock 'n' roll. Lose yourself in the simplicity of "Mother Mary," the bar room rock that is "King of Fools," the piano of "Don't Fight It." "Twenty Seven Years," is just fantastic,and the closing track "I Died Laughing," is a bluesy, head nodding number. Picture The Stones' "Emotional Rescue" single from their 1980 release of the same name and you have "I Died Laughing."

Some people same that sometimes less is more. Well, perhaps, but here less is perfect. No over the top overdubs. No layers and layers of music, but just simple in it's delivery is what makes this CD a must have. As was stated above, The Quireboys have been around forever. Formed in London, England in 1984, by 17 year old Johnathan "Spike" Gray. Originally going by the moniker The Choirboys, then The Queerboys, then The London Quireboys, then finally settling on The Quireboys, the band didn't release their debut until 1990, with A Bit Of What You Fancy. They have had a revolving door of personnel over the years, but what hasn't changed is their brand of straightforward rock 'n' roll.

If you haven't heard of this band before, this is a great CD to introduce yourself to the music that is The Quireboys.
 
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