Review of Love Lost for Blood lust by Bobgoblin
I like this straight-away. The music reminds me of good times in rock clubs. This is a PROPER rocky start to the album, Feel No Pain has a confident punchy start and a quirky riff to boot. Yes this is a good start. Considering Bobgoblin have been rocking out for a few years now, since 1994 in fact, this is still a fresh sound.
Reading a bit on their own website, Bobgoblin seem to want to get back the vibe that albums used to have , that an album would have an overall concept that would tie it together, stories would be told, a clear beginning and end, that kind of thing. Danger continues to set the scene, yet again I like this song and although lyrically not complex it doesn’t need to be, this track is all about the soaring guitars. Waiting for the Sun has a more crossover vibe, that is to say people who aren’t necessarily rock fans would find it accessible. Here’s a fascinating fact about the track Some things I want to Say, the lyrics are supposedly penned about something we can all identify with: being stuck on hold to someone in a call centre. This problem of our times also works as a song about relationships. White lines starts with punchy guitars and drums, and we start to see that there will be enough variety to keep us hooked for the entire album.
Okay, this is a very good sign, but I started singing along to a track on the album, and that track is Hide From Tomorrow. Any decent rock band needs tracks you can sing along to. Vocal style on that particular track reminiscent of the kind of ’70’s driving rock’ that Bobgoblin are fans of and strive to emulate. Yep. Still liking it.
Fighting Machines is another track you would probably along to. Yes you can hear the words which is another good thing, lyrics are clearly important here. Eulogy for Poor Daniel genuinely sounds like it was written for someone real. It’s that concept album ethos again, this is painting a picture, telling a story. By the end of the song you feel as though you know Daniel a bit.
Now I REALLY love the start of Turn Gears Turn, very seventies prog rock style. This intro reminds me of something but I am not sure what, and it is enough of itself for that to not matter. From The Hill reminds us that we definitely have gone on a journey here too, and more catchy beats and more of the Bobgoblin guitar style. Eternal snow really pays homage to the 70s rock sound again, and we should hear more of that. The album ends with I Know a Place, more chilled out ballad style to begin with then the unstoppable rock guitars kick in again, and it completes the album well.
Give this album a listen.
Review by Sarah Eaton