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Darrel Higham - Hell’s Hotel album review

The best Blues you can get this month

Cover art for Darrel Higham - Hell’s Hotel album

Higham was the engine room of Imelda May’s best albums, and Hell’s Hotel puts his period correct 1950s croon and clickety-clack rockabilly guitar out front. The macabre title track is a scream (like Thriller reimagined by Eddie Cochran), When You Smile and In Summer are radio-playlist hooky – and with Robert Plant locking tonsils on Please Give Me Something, it’s well worth checking in/out.

Henry Yates
Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.