Earl Greyhound: Suspicious Package

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It’s not the way that Earl Greyhound inhale the aroma of Led Zeppelin, it’s the way the Brooklyn trio exhale that essence along with a potpourri of sometimes incongruous but seldom bland rock fragrances, creating a heady, timeless whiff.

The band’s second album is more expansive than their 2006 debut with bassist Kamara Thomas’s voice more prominent alongside guitarist Matt Whyte and it’s her anguished vocals that heighten the dark, sinewy Shotgun, the album’s best moment.

The other standout track is the thunderous, Zep-meets-Santana Oye Vaya, held together by a driving beat and a powerful hook.

Unfortunately the album winds down with a batch of less memorable ballads and is only saved by three bonus tracks from their debut.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.