CD REVIEW – Albany Down – South Of The City
July 23, 2012
CD Review By Sue
I can’t even remember how or why Albany Down came to my attention, I downloaded some free tracks they had on offer and was very impressed! So I took it upon myself to seek out a CD and I was not disappointed in the slightest. I love every track… and that doesn’t happen very often!
The band originate from North London and state their influences as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimmi Hendrix and ACDC, but these influences have been taken, twisted, shaken and stirred to create the unique and refreshing sound that is Albany Down.
From the outset I was impressed; the CD is even packaged in an impressive gate-fold sleeve! Kicking off with ‘Dirty’ this funky, soulful CD is destined to be a classic and they’re already recording the next one!
Not being a fan of a lot of the modern day ‘pop’ when I heard ‘Mercy’ I had to go and look it up as I KNEW I’d heard it somewhere before.. But this version is better! It is of course a cover of Duffy’s hit but with so much dirty soul added it’s ooooozing funk from every pore!
My favorite tracks on the CD include ‘I Won’t Wait’; one of the slightly heavier tracks (and one that I frequently play on my radio show to great response!), and the sexy Baby Where’d You Stay Last Night which has echoes of bands like The Union with soulful vocals that rival Rob Thomas. Jealousy is another one that stands out for it’s impactual lyrics and groove.
The passion and love for their music is evident throughout the entire CD and that in itself is infectious. There are obviously some very hard-working guys in and around the band and it shows. This will pay off big style. These guys are bloody awesome!