17 January 2013
Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
Now this is a little unexpected. Band of Skull are from Southampton, Southern England and have been around since 2004. This was the debut album released in 2009 and they have released a second album in 2012, with an EP inbetween. They have had songs on various soundtracks including a Twilight film and have had success around the world, including across the pond in America and Canada. A three piece which splits vocals between a boy and a girl (Russell Marsden & Emma Richardson). Together with Matthew Hayward they have been making a name for themselves and it is one I have heard of, but ignored.......until a request came through to listen to them. Been advised to start with the second album, but for once I've decided to do this in order and have gone for their first album which you are reading about here.
Now the first impression is a strong one, the opening tracks of "Light of The Morning", "Death by Diamonds & Pearls" & "I Know What I Am" just seem to be one of the biggest strongest opening I have heard for a while. Out of nothing I am hanging on and hoping the rest of the work is as good. For what they do, it is a mixture of blues, indie, garage and it could only have come from England. It is like Yorkshire Puddings, Noel Coward, unrealistic football club dreams, James Bond and poor bus and train services - there is something so English about it, you can feel it pouring out of the album. "Impossible" is a fantastic track which could light up a festival and "Patterns" is just a riff that Led Zeppelin would like back after Band of Skulls have stopped having fun with it - but it is now theirs. When this band rocks out, it is fantastic.
However, the band does the slow ending of an album. And not just the ending tracks, it slows down about three songs before the end. And when this album is slow it does not work as well. It goes from being an interesting monster to a docile Hector who does not want to do music, let alone entertain. It is not that they are played band, it's just they don't have the instant connection that the other tracks do. They might be growers but there is too much of that on here. If it had have been trimmed down slightly, this would have been a killer debut. It is a decent debut all the same, but not as immediate as I was hoping after that opening trio of joy. A good start then, if not amazing....but those first three tracks are brilliant.
6.5 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there
You can purchase from here
You can listen to on Spotify here
- ► 2017 (94)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Days of rest - part 4....I think.....
- Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
- Circus of Power - Vices
- Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
- Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machin...
- Ed Sheeran - +
- VCMG - SSSS
- J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
- London Electricity - Billion Dollar Gravy
- The Levellers - Zeitgeist
- White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, De...
- Machine Head - Supercharger
- Rush - Snakes & Arrows
- Joy Division - Closer
- Gotye - Making Mirrors
- Jeff Wayne - The War of The Worlds
- The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
- New Model Army - Thunder & Consolation
- Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
- Pig - Geniune American Monster
- Mansun - 6
- Silver Ginger 5 - Black Leather Mojo
- Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss
- Approaching treble figures......
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
- Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel
- Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
- Steve Harris - British Lion
- R.E.M. - Monster
- Sugar - Copper Blue
- Fear Factory - Demanufacture
- Everything Everything - Man Alive
- Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
- Bad Brains - Into The Future
- Mother Firefly - Silence Sez It All EP
- R.E.M. - Accelerate
- The Slackers - Self Medication
- Robert Logan - Inscape
- Morthem Vlade Art - Organic But Not Mental
- Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetables
- Public Image Limited - The Is PiL
- Edgard Varèse - Experimental Essentials
- Therapy? - One Cure Fits All
- Black Moth - The Killing Jar
- We Are Knuckle Dragger - Tit For Tat
- Far - At Night We Live
- Wam Bam, Thank You Ma'am!!! - Bowie through the ag...
- Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
- Ginger - Mutation:Error 500
- Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
- Raging Speedhorn - Raging Speedhorn
- Delicate Steve - Positive Force
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- White Rose Movement - Kick
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
- Ginger - Mutation:The Frankenstein Effect
- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Audio Orchestra - ...
- Ben Folds Five - The Sound of The Life of The Mind...
- Metallica - ...And Justice For All
- Nekromantik - Fairy Catcher
- ▼ January (60)
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
As regular visitors for this page will know, the best percentage of the team enjoy the songs of Ginger Wildheart; the man has made som...
Right, Album Of The Year time then. It's something I pour far too much energy into and have been carefully adjusting my list all year ...
This is a review of the first Country/Folk album from Ginger Wildheart, this album has been released via Pledgemusic once again and is...
Link 1: Blabbermouth announcing the release of Metal Resistance. Link 2: Metal Injection discussing the release of Metal Resistance ...
Until two months ago, I had never heard of the Sleaford Mods. Like ships in the night, they had passed me by as I watch/listened to othe...
If it was not for the legend that is Luke Dunmore, I would not have ever heard of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets! My ex-partner i...
Life of Agony can never be accused of taking the easy route, that is something that can be said for them. It could be the fact that the...
Sometimes albums come out of nowhere and for me this was one I was not expecting at all. Future Of The Left are a post hardcore band f...