Artist: Berggren Kerslake Band
Sun Has Gone Hazy is the debut release from the Berggren Kerslake Band
the brainchild of Steffan Berggren (The Company Of Snakes, Razorback,
Snakes In Paradise, Revolution Road) and Lee Kerslake (Ozzy, Uriah Heep),
who along with Tomas Thorberg (Bass) and Joakim Svalberg (Organ, Moog),
deliver an album full of organic Hard Rock, with it's roots firmly
planted in the 70’s, but with enough of new age vibe to be relevant to
today’s open minded rocker.
album opens up in emphatic style with ‘Walk Tall’, this is five and
a half minutes of pure blues soaked rock, that rolls back the years to
the glory days of rock when Led Zep ruled the roost, when rock was in
its infancy and great bands stepped into the limelight to take rock to
the next level.
album continues its nostalgia trip and I do mean trip with the
Purplesque tones of ‘Super Sonic Dream’, with the keyboards of
Svalberg delivering that Jon Lord styled 70’s vibe, that will make the
hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention.
My’ has a real laid back psychedelic feel about it, it has an almost
Haight-Ashbury feel about it, before returning to the bluesy Hard Rock
with the excellent title track ‘The Sun Has Gone Hazy’, which is
followed by the equally impressive ‘Free’, a real Summer time, top
down sort of track. A song that will have you smiling on the
keyboards prowess of Svalberg is brought to the forefront once more with
the stunning ‘Fools Asleep’, before the excellent ballad ‘As Time
Goes By’ with its superb chorus that has an almost Gospel feel about
the other end of the spectrum comes the funk filled ‘Rock n' Roll
Gangsta’, this is where old meets new. This is the sort of thing
that the likes of The Answer are bringing today, bluesy rock with a
tempo is brought up a notch or two as it's back to the Hard Rock side of
things with ‘Back On The Road Again’, before the album comes to a
close with ‘Born Again’, a slow burner that wraps up a great album
that will appeal to the older rockers and the new breed of young rock
fans, who feel disheartened by the same old grind and need to revisit
some classic Hard Rock to remember where it all started.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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