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Tricks On My Mind by Sweet Crisis: a debut of great depth and quality

Sweet Crisis's free-spirited debut Tricks On My Mind hits the spot big-time

Sweet Crisis: Tricks On My Mind
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Nothing to do with running out of Haribos or accidentally scratching your vintage copy of Desolation Boulevard, Sweet Crisis are one of those bands so wonderfully steeped in classic rock tradition it’s enough to bring a little tear of joy to your eye. 

Sounding completely fresh and modern yet shot through with the spirit of Free and Bad Company, Tricks On My Mind features spanking upbeat rockers like Loosen Up, One Way Traffic and the cracking title track. 

It deftly changes gears and pace with sumptuously bluesy tunes like Black Magic, Misty Haze and the majestic Love Me Like Sugar, and on immense closer Living Life On The Edge guitarist Piers Mortimer really lets go. 

‘If it ain’t got soul, I don’t want to know,’ Leo Robarts sings on Ain’t Got Soul (natch). And there’s absolutely no shortage of that on this record, fuelling a stylishly accomplished debut of great depth and quality.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.