BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS - FORGIVE AND REGRET
Hailing from Swansea, South Wales, Beautiful Strangers are a force to be reckoned with on the local music scene. The momentum and interest they are generating is sure to get these guys where they want to be, in no time at all.
The first impressions of Beautiful Strangers' Forgive & Regret album are very positive. Ideal vocals, strong song progressions and structures, and melodic guitar solos all make for a memorable hard rock album from a talented band that will have our continued support. We've given this album a fair bit of airing and it's fair to say we've got a bit of a soft spot for it!
The album kicks off with ‘Junkie,’ a guitar-driven, hard rock rooted track that's bound to get your feet tapping (at the very least). A snappy, melodic guitar solo is a sure sign of what's to come throughout this album
Track Two: ‘Kick Me When I'm Down’
Following in the footsteps of such likeable modern rock bands as Airbourne and the sorts, (or rather walking right beside them), ‘Kick Me When I'm Down’ is another one to remember. A good set of lyrics and vocal harmonies build a solid foundation for a great rock track (when done right), and this is a great example of the writing ability within this band.
Track Three: ‘I Can't Lie’
‘I Can't Lie’ is a song we fell in love with right away. With vocals comparable to Darius Rucker, from the band Hootie and the Blowfish, it's another track that's bound to get you singing along in no time at all. Maybe the majority of listeners won't necessarily compare H&TBF with the sound of this album, but as far as we're concerned, it's not a bad comparison at all. It's a thumbs up from us!
Track Four: ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’
If you're a fan of that timeless British rock sound, this is a song for you. A stabbing rhythm and the repetition of lyrics within the chorus are sure to make this song stick for a long time coming. Another favourite of ours.
Track Five: ‘Dagger’
Slowing it down, but bringing along a funky guitar rhythm, this is a track that's built from strong lyrics, accompanied with a fitting dirty groove. GREAT! Maybe this is a favourite, too?! This 'favourite' thing is starting to recur, and rightly so, it's an album with a lot to offer.
Track Six: ‘Drive On By (Bitter Sweet Marie)'
This track is a fantastic ballad that breaks the album up in just the right place. A first-rate addition to what this album is built upon.
Track Seven: 'Another Thing'
Heading more toward the typical AOR sound, you can’t help but enjoy what this song has to offer. A contrasting blend of dirty and sweet-clean guitar rhythms are a perfect complement to the overall feel of this song.
Track Eight: 'Set Me Free'
Lending its sound from the likes of Welsh rock standouts, Kooga, this is another mellow, anthem-style track that is bound to get the atmosphere building. Relatable, exciting and a quality listen.
Track Nine: Damaged Goods
Stepping it up a pace with this one. It's a song to pick you up on a gloomy Monday morning and get you ready for the week ahead. It's worth a shot. Try it!
Track Ten: ‘Honey’
Time to change things up with a blues-influenced track that shows the diverse ability of the band’s writing. There really is something for everyone on this album.
Track Eleven: ‘Stop Hurting Yourself’
Completing the cycle and coming full circle with some nice wah-wah guitar and clean vocals, this song is an ideal finishing touch to what we feel is a very well put together album.
Beautiful Strangers have raised the bar for bands in the South Wales area, and pack one hell of a punch with the 2013 release, Forgive & Regret. They deserve all the success that is coming their way. Recorded in Boneyard Studios, South Wales, this is a great addition to any true rock music lover’s music collection. So if, and when you can, do yourself a favour and get your hands on a hard copy and get down to a show!
We look forward to the next release! (Which is coming super soon!)
Stuart Dade Davies - Vocals
Mike James - Guitar, backing vocals
Richie Lewis - Guitar, backing vocals
Chris Hopkins - Bass
David Davies - Drums