Bleach - Bleach

Saturday 1st April 2000
Bleach - Bleach
Bleach - Bleach

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Forefront FFD5242
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I’ve been living with this album for a couple of days, you know the scene with a new album? Repeat play, let the songs sink in, connect and then conclude. Bleach’s first album lost out with me in a straight fight with Skillet’s debut. Their second had a couple of songs that grabbed my attention but I still wasn’t sure! So I’ve been giving this one a fair hearing, and it’s fab! Edgy rock’n’roll with strong pop sensibilities (“Straight Shooter’, “Reasons”, “Race”) is enhanced by some enigmatic production work from ex-Grammatrain main man Pete Stewart. Aside from those catchy rockers like the hard and heavy “Sun Stands Still” that edge their way under your skin, my fave has to be “You” with its two-chord intro. Lyrically there seems to be a new passion and focus, and sometimes its on the slower songs that this album really connects. “All To You” is a magnificent poetic worship song but it’s the closing ballad “What Will Your Anthem Be”, with it’s lyrics that focus on what is eternal against the passing of this world’s vanities, that sends goosebumps down my spine. Modern rock with a heart, Bleach get everything right on their third album.

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