Artist: The Cotton Soeterboek Band
it’s time to dust down those flared jeans and denim shirts as this
album ‘Twisted’ is a throwback to the times when real classic rock
was at its very best in the 70’s, and hell doesn’t this band do it
justice, big style!
band are ‘The Cotton Soeterboek Band’, named after its two main
members Robert Soeterboek and Alan Cotton, so if the likes of early
Whitesnake and Deep Purple in its ‘Burn’ era do it for you, then
you’re in for a real treat because this is the nearest you’ll hear
to these bands.
me free’, with its choppy guitar riff and neatest of touches on
keyboards transport you back there, the harmonies so familiar they
switch on that button in your head, and you just can’t help but tap
your foot and nod your head in unison, that sound makes you feel so at
Maureen’, (surely a first for song title with that name in!) oozes
class with its bluesy touches on guitar that eases the song along,
whilst Soeterboek seems to have been born to sing it, his voice
uncannily perfect for what is needed here. There’s only one other
person that could have done this job, but he’s probably busy with his
own band now getting ready for this year’s Donnington Festival!
title track ‘Twisted’ has got a raunchy feel to it, due to the drawn
out vocals and keyboards, the guitar sounding as its been lifted
straight out ‘Foxy Lady’ in parts that gets your hips swaying … if
you’re a girl that is!
there’s only one slowish track here, ‘Leave me blue’, beginning
with a finger-picked guitar and piano, before it picks up a bit due to
the guitar solo mid way through and another good riff shoved in here and
there. Again it’s the harmonies that shine as they do throughout the
whole album which is a miss on quite a few occasions these days.
band show their southern rock side with ‘Gold and Gray’, which gets
those toes a-tapping and maybes the odd “Yee-haw” if you really get
carried away, where ‘Still of the Night’ (not that one), with the
funky blues piano being the main ingredient, really goes for it from
start to finish, a good old-fashioned rock love song just on the right
side of sloppiness!
eventually come to an end with ‘The Game’, another track that harks
back to those 70’s times that had everyone going and still does now
judging by some of the newer bands and the way they are setting their
can only be a good thing as it’ll open the doors for younger fans to
explore the earlier bands they’ve missed out on, so if they cotton on
to this band maybe the album will make waves in the right places because
on evidence of it, it deserves to get a listen to by a wider audience,
maybe via the rock radio stations out there.
only downside to the album is that at just over 30 minutes long, its
possibly 3 songs too short for such a good one, so maybe their next
release could be just that bit longer if they push themselves as they
seem very capable to do it.
Review by: Bob
1. Set Me Free
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