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Albany Down - The Outer Reach album review

Thunder-ish third album from London-based blues quartet

Albany Down The Outer Reach album cover

Thanks to Paul Turley’s lithe guitar playing and fine singing by Paul Muir, Albany Down deliver a Thunder-esque sound, at the heavier end of the blues-rock spectrum, sometimes with an AOR nous that echoes (in a good way) Bon Jovi.

Again produced by Greg Haver (who has worked with the Manic Street Preachers), the band hit the mark from the get-go with Feeding The Flame, Do You Want Me Now and Mr Hangman, only misfiring on the self-consciously funky Supersonic Girl.

The middle order flags a little, but Albany Down work hard to expand their horizons with a smattering of keyboards (by Manics sideman Nick Nasmyth), strings (great on the bluesier Like A Bullet) and brass (perfect for Look What You’ve Done To Me and its ‘woah-oah-oh-oh’ chorus). Better still, they end big as rhythm section Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums) go Zep-tastic on I Need You, then ease Sing Me To Sleep into a Beatles-style fade-out.

Albany Down issue Feeding The Flame video