Dense, layered and pulsing with melody, Florence Black's Bed Of Nails is a remarkable album

Raucous yet soulful second album Bed Of Nails makes good on debut promise from Welsh rockers Florence Black

Florence Black - Bed Of Nails cover art
(Image: © Florence Black)

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Nothing tells you that an artist is on the up more than them suddenly writing a song about having to pay tax. 

I’m not saying that Florence Black have changed tax brackets and are looking at Bon Jovi-like ticket sales, which is not to say they won’t – Bed Of Nails is saturated with great songs that could easily make any arena rock – but they have written a tune called Taxman, which puts them up there with Beatles, sort of.

That musical tirade aside, and the band’s second album is very good indeed. Think Alter Bridge with a grudge; dense, layered, pulsing with melody, but quite likely to crack you in the face if you say the wrong thing. 

And that edge, with their bright melodies – the country ring of Back To The End, the building roar that is Warning Sign, the rattling The Way Home – makes for a remarkable record. Let’s hope they keep their receipts.

Physical copies of Bed Of Nails are available from the band's webstore.

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.