Toseland: Cradle The Rage

Former grease monkey finds his voice.

Toseland Cradle The Rage album cover

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James Toseland is a former champion motorbike racer who, having retired from the sport in 2011, is now able to fully explore his rock’n’roll dreams (he was previously in a band called Crash, but has now assembled a new line-up for this solo album).

The result is cheesier than Welsh rarebit dipped in fondue and rolled down a hill in Gloucestershire, the piano-led, strings-encumbered, hilariously OTT Fingers Burned being particularly whiffy.

With his flag planted firmly in the LA glam of the 80s, it’s maybe unfair to expect subtlety and nuance, and he can sing, but this is one mainly for the cliché fans out there.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.