ARTIST:

WAYWARD SONS

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

EVEN UP THE SCORE

(2021)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Old School
"Rusty and nervous, "Even Up The Score" unwraps a menu full of energy as wet as contagious where Wayward Sons shows once again its ability to deliver simple and direct songs."
CHILDERIC THOR (17.12.2021)  
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In spite of the very nice outfit displayed by "Ghosts Of Yet To Come" (2017) and "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be" (2019) and the enthusiastic reception they garnered from critics, Wayward Sons still doesn't enjoy the recognition it deserves. Yet you'd have to be deaf not to succumb to this classy hard rock, energetic enough to appeal to the metal community and at the same time racy enough to touch lovers of melody-laden songs with distant pop roots. Will "Even Up The Score" offer him the sesame to a wider audience?

Like their compatriot Iron Maiden, the band develops a personal visual universe that makes the covers of their albums immediately identifiable, a way to create a link with their audience. Of course, the comparison with Iron Maiden stops there since Wayward Sons feeds less on the NWOBHM than on the elegant rock of a Queen whose influence they have always claimed. A reference that flows less in the veins of this third effort, even if, for example, the guitar lines of 'Bloody Typical' could easily bear the imprint of Brian May.

In truth, this 2021 vintage underlines that the English are mostly heirs of the bands with which their leader, the singer and guitarist Toby Jebson, is associated, whether it is Little Angels, Fastway or Gun, while reminiscences of The Almighty or even Deep Purple for the prominent presence of a voluble keyboard ('Looking For A Reason') sometimes more than appear on the surface of this hard rock in the great and beautiful British tradition. This album is composed of new songs and others that had not been retained at the time of recording "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be", which does not mean that they are bad, quite the contrary. "Even Up The Score" actually reveals a band with a more assertive identity and an inspiration that provides a lot of songs that are all irresistible.

As always, Toby shapes them with his warm voice, sometimes coated with a roaring coverdalian force ('They Know'), real keystone of an edifice solidly anchored in the ground, like 'Even Up The Score', powerful and rough opening where all the ingredients dear to the British are coupled: god's fire vocals, sophisticated guitars on a bed of soft keyboards. Dynamic and turbulent, these tracks concretize furiously catchy melodies ('Sign Of The Times'), never honeyed (the ballads shine by their absence), the leather often thick ('Downfall', 'Tip Of My Tongue'), the efficiency always at the rendez-vous ('Big Day').

Rusty and nervous, "Even Up The Score" unwraps a menu full of an energy as wet as contagious, and it's hard to see how it could fail to seduce the fans of the genre. Everything is there: the compositions, the interpretation, the power, the class... It can even be held for the best album of the English to date!


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SIMILAR BANDS:
BON JOVI, QUEEN


TRACK LISTING:
01. Even Up The Score
02. Big Day
03. Sign Of The Times
04. Bloody Typical
05. Faith In Fools
06. Fake
07. Downfall
08. Tip Of My Tongue
09. Looking For A Reason
10. Land Of The Blind
11. They Know
12. This Party’s Over

LINEUP:
Nic Wastell: Basse
Phil Martini : Batterie
Sam Wood: Guitares
Toby Jepson: Chant / Guitares
   
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