The Black Moods - Medicine album review

Arizona trio front-load second album

The Black Moods Medicine album cover

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“If the seventies and the nineties had a baby, that’d be us,” says Black Moods frontman Josh Kennedy. And Medicine’s rattling-good opener Someone To Save Us has both the blues and the angst. Stronger still, Say It For The Last Time is pretty and autumnal, with a chorus hook so euphoric you can forgive its boneheaded lyric (‘Come on, come on, it’s gonna be alright’).

By the time you reach third track How Long, its thrubbing bass and harmonies teeing up another peach of a chorus, you’re halfway to declaring Medicine a triumph.

Unfortunately, after that flying start there’s nothing else quite so good here. Kennedy’s songs become darker, less anthemic, not so memorable, though he still parts the clouds with that knack for a chorus on moments like So Good.

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.