The New Roses Nothing But Wild CD Album Review  16th  August 2019

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The New Roses released their new album “Nothing But Wild” on Friday 2nd August 2019, and followers of the band and anyone who bought their last album “One For The Road” (2017) will I think like this one too.  The new album, with 13 songs plus 2 bonus tracks, is certainly giving their fans value for money here, and the first single from the album, “Down By The River” had an earlier release on 14th June and is already making its statement in all the right places.

Founded by singer Timmy Rough and drummer Urban Berz some years earlier, the band officially took their name in 2012 when Stefan Kassner (bass guitar) and Dizzy Presley (guitar) joined the line-up, but by then they were already opening shows for some major bands.

All of the band members come from Germany and their promotional material describes them as “the epitome of Blue Collar Working Class Rock ’n’ Roll Music”.  A big claim to make for any band, but if their home-based and growing overseas profile is anything to judge them by, then many fans agree with that statement. Their song “Without a Trace” which was picked for the soundtrack of the US series “Sons Of Anarchy” just fits perfectly into the market audience that this band obviously wants to belong to, and the influences of  Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and other classic rock bands are not far from any of the songs on this album.  Having just said that though, the opening track, “Soundtrack of My Life” reminded me much in its “energy” and “attitude” of punk bands I liked in the 1970s.

The New Roses have as a band already paid their dues out on the road, playing in the bars and clubs, and this new album shows that they are more than capable of taking the next step in their career as songs like “Can't Stop Rock’n’Roll”,  “Down by the River” and “Glory Road “ show that they know how to write songs that their fans will want to hear both on CD and, when they get the opportunity, as a live band.  The New Roses also clearly know the business side of the music industry and the tracks on this album are perfect radio play that I can see many stations just picking up and adding to their play-list.

 

THE NEW ROSES

NOTHING BUT WILD

TRACK LISTING

1. Soundtrack of My Life  03:07

2. Can't Stop Rock & Roll  03:39 

3. Down by the River  03:12 

4. Nothing but Wild  02:51 

5. Heartache  03:36 

6.The Bullet  03:42 

7. Running out of Hearts  03:07 

8. Unknown Territory  03:26 

9. As the Crow Flies  04:08

10. Give & Take  03:00 

11. The Only Thing  03:45 

 12. Meet Me Half Way  04:26 

13. Glory Road  04:00

BONUS TRACKS 

14. Down by the River (Unplugged )  03:17 

15. Fight You Leaving Me (Unplugged )  03:50

 

Review by Tom King

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