Reviews roundup – Godslave vs. Clark Lane vs. Katy Carr
Whatever We Want
Now I’m sure you are all aware that the Status Quo are the greatest band of all time. And I’m sure you know that their classic boogie can cure the common cold and end wars, amongst other things.
Granted, it has been watered down over the years, as The Man closed ranks against the power of their rawk. So what the world really needed was a German thrash metal band to amp up the rawk and deliver a mini album of classic Quo.
And that’s exactly what you are getting here. Because this rawks. Godslave have put out two albums and four EPs over the years, and shared stages with the likes of Anthrax, Evile and Gama Band, but is the reason they were created. ‘Caroline’, ‘Little Lady’, ‘Is There A Better Way?’, ‘Oh Baby’, ‘Too Far Gone’ and ‘Down Down’ all thrashed up. Bomber will love it, Frame will be turning in his coffin.
The Inner Circle
A CD from Sweden that isn’t AOR or death metal? What the flip is all that about.
Well, seems that the one time solo project from Simon Andersson has blossomed into one of those post grunge modern rock things that takes it cue from the likes of Alter Bridge and Shinedown. Not my cup of tea, but they’re very good at what they do, with plenty of melodic guitar lines and interesting arrangements.
It’s the sort of thing that is passed of as rock these days, hence why rawk is now the nomenclature of choice for proper rock, but it’s also the sort of thing that people buy lots and lots of. There was a reason Nickelback sold gazillions, and if Clark Lane manage to get the likes of ‘Voices’ and ‘Backdoor’ heard over there in the American colonies, they could do very well for themselves.
Time for some nu-folk now, and the fifth album from Katy Carr, who is half Polish and has spent some time writing songs about her heritage.
“Polonia” (the Latin for Poland) takes its title from Elgar’s symphonic prelude of the same name, composed for Ignacy Paderewski to benefit the Polish Victims Relief Fund in 1915. Yes, Embra folk, the same Paderewski that the Polish hospital was named after in 1941.
Which is kind of appropriate as this album investigates the Polish freedom fighters of the Second World War, the Eastern Front and the Western betrayal of Poland post 1945. It’s all a bit cerebral for me, as I’m very much a moon June kind of guy, but there is no doubting her musical or intellectual chops.
It certainly covers a lot of ground from Charlie Chaplin to the Polish spy Krystyna Skarbek to Bletchley Park, and all points in between. There’s even a tale of Stanislaw Maczek, the Polish general who was a hero of the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of Europe, but who ended up serving drinks to the likes of my Dad in the Learmonth Hotel, before dying in 1994 at the age of 102.*
*although he wisnae as hard up as aw that, as I used to deliver his papers to a very nice, large, main door in Marchmont.