“Oh My, Oh My! What a cracker this one is. I listened to the whole album at one go... Then it hit me. This is what Cream sounded like before they became super-stars” - Ian K McKenzie, Editor
Oh My, Oh My! What a cracker this one is. The last album from SCB, ‘Blueberry Pie’ was given five stars by Rock 'n’ Reel Magazine as “…a stunning debut”. Well we don’t give stars (perhaps we should?) but IMHO this one is better—by far. Recorded at Supertone Records studio in Valencia, Spain; Thören, Germany; Samora Correia, Portugal and Rockfield Studios, Wales and produced and engineered by Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell with considerable care and skill. There is an immaculate use of valve (tube) amps and old style tape machines and the album runs to ten stunningly good tracks.
I listened to the whole album at one go and I while I was listening I kept on being reminded of something—a sound, an ambience—that I could not quite identify. Then it hit me. This is what Cream sounded like before they became super-stars, and before they filled stadiums and produced 20 minute solos on all three of their instruments. There was then, an interplay between (in particular) bass (Jack Bruce) and guitar (Eric Clapton) which brought the bass out of the back-line and allowed it to be melodic as well as rhythmic. Here, Suzy Starlite (bass) and Simon Campbell (guitars) do just that. It is delightful and outstanding at the same time: Fabulous bass lines intermixed with controlled and inventive guitar work.
The subject matter of the ten tracks ranges through the angst of post-modern attitudes to sex and lust, working under the control of unseen forces, the wages of consumerism and the difficulties encountered when dealing with the bouncers on the doors of the music business. These thought provoking themes are beautifully supported by the work of Steve Gibson, drums & percussion, Jonny Henderson, keyboards, Gabriele Del Vecchio, extra keys and Maria Saalfeld Reis, percussion of the clapper family. ‘The Language of Curiosity’ is released on November 5, 2021, on Supertone Records and is available to preorder now direct from the band’s website, Amazon, iTunes and in all major outlets.
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Ian K. McKenzie, Editor and founder member of the IBBA Blues in the South (page 42)