ALBUM REVIEW: Bonafide – Are You Listening

ALBUM REVIEW: Bonafide - Are You Listening


Blues-based Exhausting Rock will all the time be beloved by Rock followers of all ages and when one of many biggest proponents of that style is making music of that sort so sometimes now could be there not room for youthful bands taking up that sound? For some this can sound an excessive amount of like AC/DC they usually’ll maintain their fingers up and cry ‘foul’ for others that’s completely the purpose – Bonafide play nice Blues -based Exhausting Rock however it’s music not simply primarily based on a love of these antipodean legends as a result of there’s Humble Pie and Led Zeppelin in there too…

Let’s dig proper in! ‘Are You Listening’ the observe that opens Bonafide’s eighth studio  album of the identical title wields a giant. soiled riff that AC/DC in all probability trademarked within the mid-70’s however it has a melody sat atop in most interesting Airborne fashion – in the event you don’t look too deeply there’s a sure spinoff nature to their fashion however worn proud on the sleeve and if it sounds so good does that basically matter? I imply it even begins with a hummed intro that kina of echoes ‘Thunderstruck’ however to me that’s all a part of the package deal.

‘Hero To Zero’ that follows begins off with a bluesier riff, it’s a slower one  however the intonation of the lyrics can solely be one band. It’s an ideal music and in actuality t’s all good things, songs are on level and in case your like AC/DC and extra significantly the songs they don’t make anymore then you definitely’ll love this… In reality the album continues in the identical vein – catchy Blues primarily based exhausting rock with a number of surprises thrown in and in the event you’ve appreciated what these guys have put out earlier than then like me you simply may discover this one ranking very extremely certainly.

One among my favourites ‘Salvation’ comes subsequent has way more swing and a pleasant groove with a cool refrain, while ‘Who’s the Boss’ seems like classic Angus at play, it’s quicker and actually will get that head banging. The remainder of the album is equally pretty much as good. Exhausting, quick, soiled Rock and Roll that’s each catchy as hell and sounds prefer it was recorded stay, which Pontus confirmed in our upcoming interview it was.

There are a number of  surprises too. The primary of which is ‘Snacket’ the newest single (which Pontus tells us may be very ‘Malmo’) it’s a music that’s sung in Swedish and a duet that options well-known Swedish People singer Nisse Hellberg from Wilmer X. It’s additionally a certain fireplace winner – an ideal driving Rock and Roll music.

The rest of the album hits the identical excessive notes. I like the just about Motorhead tempo of ‘Dealt a Unhealthy Hand’ (an actual favorite) and the distinction of the sluggish crawl of ‘Rumble’ which matches down a deal with earlier than the sluggish and warranted ‘Tonight I’m Wild’ which is likely to be essentially the most melody-laden observe right here.

We shut with a few killer tracks, first the large stomping groove of ‘Tommie 9 Fingers’ earlier than the final phrase goes to ‘Little Miss Mistreated’ which simply takes you again to the times when Rock and Roll was a lot easier and residing was straightforward. Certain it’d sound somewhat AC/DC however solely in essentially the most constructive means. If you happen to love nice Rock and Rol then you definitely’ll love this. It’s yet one more winner from Bonafide.

Briefly in the event you love Blues primarily based Rock and Roll, nice songs, fantastically executed, with massive riffs and melodies to echo in your head all evening lengthy? The reply is Bonafide…

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