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Review by
Steve Boniface


 

From the very start of 'Ready For Business', The Idle Hands set their stall out for all to see - this is traditional blues rock from the old school. Opening track, 'Drive', is fittingly titled at it calls to mind the open road, in both it's lyrical content and its adherence to familiar driving music standards. Their powerful approch is continued in track 2, 'Weep And Moan', all distorted guitar riffs and epic mid-tempo.

From here the album continues in this vein, an unabashed love letter to the roots of the genre, replete with air-guitar friendly solos, growled vocals and stabbed rhythms to keep things fresh. This has the feeling of an assured band happy to start their songs off with a solid groove, but unafraid to take a left turn on the odd occasion to keep the listener guessing. For the most part though, this is straightforward, original blues rock from an assured set of musicians.

Praise is often heaped on The Idle Hands' live show, and when listening to this LP it's not hard to see why. Highlights 'Ready For Business' (a dirty bass driven treat) and the more mellow, guitar laden 'When I First Met Chicago' are genuinely excellent showcases of a band working well withing their groove. This comes highly recommended.

Review by Steve Boniface

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