STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 41740-13386 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Animation ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
The Rumour are a five-piece rock outfit from Walsall and this debut was released last year. The opening track "Waiting" features some very nice guitar work, but I wasn't so sure about the vocals. Maybe they're just too high in the mix? There's some Elvis Costello-esque keyboards on "Special Kind Of Love", but the vocals really don't cut it here either, sounding a bit too much "youth group band". The overall sound is, to my ears, a bit '80s rock but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are a couple of slower numbers here, but it's the faster stuff that works best apart from "My Place" which builds into a superb climax and would probably have been a better CD closer than "Something More" which is probably a good gig closer). Overall, I thought The Rumour's musicianship was tight and the songs were well constructed (with some nice chantable choruses). It was just the vocals that needed to be worked on. I bet they're cracking live, though.
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