The Sourheads - Care Plan For The Soul album review

Heads-down, no-nonsense directionless rock du jour

Cover art for The Sourheads - Care Plan For The Soul album

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The Sourheads’ promo photo shows their bearded frontman emulating Iggy Pop in a swaggering, shirtless pose, while the rest of the band, shorthaired, indie-looking lads in spectacles and scarves, stand around awkwardly. It’s a bemusing introduction to the Wakefield-based quartet. Meanwhile, the album cover and title are just plain misleading: a tranquil image of a figure on a beach, and the peaceful Care Plan For The Soul.

But what Sourheads actually specialise in is a dishevelled, balls-out concoction of classic rock with a punk-rock strut (that explains the Iggy Pop pose, at least) and a grungy feel. The album is more a raucous, fast-paced ride than a collection of stand-out songs, and, like that promo pic, it lacks focus.

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.