Guardian - Bottle Rocket

Tuesday 1st April 1997
Guardian - Bottle Rocket
Guardian - Bottle Rocket

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Myrrh 7017011619
RRP: £7.14

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Seven years ago Guardian began their career in their stylistic chrysalis of being old fashioned, '80s, long haired rockers and have now fully completed the metamorphosis into the gutsy butterfly of an energetic, powerful, full on '90s short haired rock outfit. This final transition owes much to producer Steve Taylor who began helping the band shape a new sound on their last offering, "Buzz". 'Bottle Rocket' explodes with rock life and at times sounds similar to some of the denser sounds Taylor masterminded with Chagal Guevara, especially on something like "Revelation" which also sports a new Oasis style chorus! On first listen, he title song made immediate impact hitting me between the eyes with it's straight ahead attack! Subsequent listens highlighted some of the album's subtleties - the acoustic groove of "Babble On" or the metaphorical lyrics of "Coffee Can" which talks about trying to get to heaven trusting in our own strength. "Blue Light Special" thunders along and "Break Me Down" had my wife Pip playing my battered acoustic guitar pretending to be a rock chick! Yes, it's that kind of album! Impossible to ignore and a healthy step from 'Buzz'.

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