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Glenn Proudfoot - Fire And Rain album review

Puppet mastery

Cover art for Glenn Proudfoot - Fire And Rain album

If Australian guitarist Glenn Proudfoot can deliver the kind of stadium show that the songs on this album are made for, then he’s in for a meteoric rise.

After five albums that have steadily raised his profile among axe aficionados, he’s made a break for the big time with the appropriately titled Fire And Rain. It’s a grand amalgam of Metallica and Bryan Adams, with some Van Halen thrown in for good measure.

The songs typically start with cloudbursts of rhythmic fury and raw, impassioned vocals that grind to harmonious, anthemic choruses before Proudfoot cuts loose with some melodic shredding. This is all bathed in an echoing reverb that rattles round your speakers. It’s a bold move – too bold maybe.

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.