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On the strength of this body of work, let's hope they achieve recognition and reward, too.

Defining the term "Contemporary Rock" emphatically, Albany Down's third album contains many of the ingredients that, in similar genre-specific hands, might sound familiarly clichéd; the woah-woah's that TV ad men are falling over themselves to incorporate into commercials, along with the Southern Gospel-Blues vibe that the likes of Rival Sons and Black Stone Cherry have cultivated to great success. The simple fact is, this London-based quartet puts the clothes on the emperor so decisively, resulting in tracks such as 'Look What You've Done To Me' and 'Mr Hangman' respectively – the latter "dust-imbued dirt track ditty" sports a Southern-fried swagger that Firework's last issue cover stars, BSC, would surely have been delighted to have penned themselves.

Opener 'Feeding The Flame' manages the art of sounding, in a good way, very familiar on just the third listen. It's an excellent choice to kick proceedings off, as it represents the band superbly without sounding derivative; the string (or synth? – either way it's excellent) enhanced riff and Middle Eastern flavoured centre-passage make it especially strong. The brass-bolstered 'Supersonic Girl' is great fun; riding on Billy Dedman's propulsive bass line, Paul Muir displays a talent for Pop vocals, alongside his Rock chops on the buoyant, "radio-ready" chorus.

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'Revolution' is among the album's top picks; not least due to the perceptive lyrics that support what is, let's face it, an overused song title. The swelling keys that open the pacey 'The Drop' are reminiscent of those employed so deliciously by AOR deities Giant, while 'I Need You' confirms the industry-insider trick of putting the weakest track second from last. Closer 'Sing Me To Sleep' is startlingly similar to UK Blues upstart Ben Poole's more reflective material – absolutely no bad thing.

Making music for the love of it is clearly Albany Down's incentive. On the strength of this body of work, let's hope they achieve recognition and reward, too.

Caesar Barton

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