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Bad Touch - Truth Be Told album review

Underwhelming second album from the Norfolk quintet

Bad Touch Truth Be Told album cover

Truth be told, Bad Touch are not normal for Norfolk (where this five-piece call home) but that doesn’t make them extraordinary everywhere else. Their most commercial song, 99% (one of two here remixed by Chris Kimsey), romps along nicely enough but like all the better tracks, just sounds like a formulaic rewrite of someone else (in this case the Stones).

Outlaw sounds like latter-day Skynyrd; One More Night, a wannabe Black Crowes. When they get heavy on Waiting For This, they forget all pretence at being Stonesy/southern-fried rockers and lumber clumsily into would-be Led Zeppelin territory.

Bad Touch are okay, but on this evidence, unlikely to rise above pubs and clubs any time soon. Truth be told, there’s nothing we haven’t heard before.

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.