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Artist: Reverend and the Makers
Label: Cooking Vinyl
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 October 2015

Reverend and the Makers have achieved four UK Top 20 Albums and five Top Five Indie chart singles: debut album The State of Things (2007) included the UK Top Five single 'Heavyweight Champion of the World'. Second album A French Kiss In The Chaos followed in 2009 and saw the band supporting Oasis on their final tour at stadiums across the UK and also a UK tour with fellow Sheffielders Arctic Monkeys. Their third album @Reverend Makers was released in 2012 and the fourth album Thirty Two was unleashed in 2014...

Mirrors is Reverend and the Makers's fifth studio album. For those unfamiliar with the band (where have you been?), their sound is not a million miles away from The Last Shadow Puppets / Arctic Monkey. While the music is very similar in style, it's the Northern twang of the vocals that help draw this comparison. This is most noticeable on tracks like 'The Beach And The Sea' and 'Mr Glasshalfempty'.

There's also a quirky, tongue-in-cheek side to the band, as witnessed in the upbeat 'The Gun', which has a serious message at its core, but a refreshingly light-hearted sound. And the beautifully, slow 'Last to Know', ensures there's more diversity on the album than you may be expecting.

This album seems the band move a back a little more towards their roots and represents a beautifully polished, soundly produced album. The LP contains 14 songs (35 min, 01 sec) and certainly won't disappoint their fan base.


Nick Smithson

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