Ginger Wildheart: Albion

Geordie rocker’s seventh album in two years. Yes, really.

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Having jumped into missions with Michael Monroe, extreme project the Mutation collective and Hey! Hello! with minimal breathing space, will this latest Ginger release collapse out into the world – the mark of someone who’s ready for a stiff drink and a very long nap?

Amazingly, no. Albion is a delight, merging classic-sounding, dreamy qualities with spine-tingling harmonies and pop guitar joie de vivre. It’s all laced with heavy-grooving hard-rock sensibilities, thoughtfully composed tunes and progressions, plus sublime harmonic shifts. That’s all balanced with roughened, heavy riffs and vocals on the likes of Cambria and the fabulous, sprawling title track.

Not that you sense Ginger would have any problem with ‘pop’ tags – those aforementioned harmonies are very poppy, and the 90s-tinged bounce of Body Parts and others reflects the inclusion of someone like Chris Catalyst (of pop-rockers Eureka Machines) in the GW band. As do self-aware but sparky, good-humoured lyrics (‘Everybody grow a pair!’ they cheerfully quip on Grow A Pair).

A joyous, successfully eclectic rock treat with edge and soul.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.