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Another Advisable NWOBHM Single... - 69%

DeathRiderDoom, November 22nd, 2009

Jameson Raid - Single

*Written for the 9th MA reviews challenge

This is a great NWOBHM single with plenty of originality and a great, meaningful sound which reminds me of Omega – another great NWOBHM act. You get plenty of variety between the three tracks, and they’re all pretty decent in their own right, though the title track steals the show. It’s simplistic rock – not really on the heavy side of the movement, but the more straight forward, melodic early sound, possibly comparable to Clientelle, Buffalo and others. Not that it doesn’t rock out a bit – ‘Catcher in the Rye’ is rather drawn out and takes a while to get going, but has a pretty nice chorus to make up for it.

‘Seven Days of Splendour’ is a cool track with classic opening riffage going on – really heartfelt and melodic. Verse delivery and lyrics are very cool, and here the singer’s voice sounds at it’s best. The vocally twinned sections are very good, and totally scream ‘classic NWOBHM’ making this one a single worthy of any NWOBHM sampler collection. It has a bit more balls than the others but isn’t exactly hard, if you know what I mean. ‘It’s a Crime’ is a less enjoyable track; it sounds a bit rough and punky – particularly the vocal delivery. Shoulda been more singing going on in the delivery to bring it up to metal code. ‘Catcher in the Rye’ improves on it, without really blowing you away. Still, a pretty good little NWOBHM single here worthy of your possession – check it out – if not only for the great title track.

-DeathRiderDoom