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Soldier by Spitfire Charlie

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Reviewed on 7th November 2005.



By Spitfire Charlie

Spitfire Charlie play laid back and lazy blues with a whiff of the contemporary (see The Libertines) and a hint of the old (see the great Led Zeppelin).

Singer John Roberts drives the band along with a loud melodic vocal style that distinguishes Spitfire Charlie apart from the more tedious of Libs-esqe bands around at the moment.

Opener 'Solider' shows off some impressive riffs and chord changes and is an enjoyable bouncy number. The lyrics do drag and ramble off at some points, especially when confronting the subject of America's War on Terror, but eventually the song reaches a big frantic finish which almost makes up for a lack of lyrical wizardry.

Second track 'Every Day I See Your Face Again' offers us more of the same yet is more upbeat (where have I heard that intro before?) with a Britpop feel and accompanying "Bah, bah, bah baaas!" but it's the final number 'The Only One Who Writes The Songs" which is the stand out track on the CD.

It feels like The Coral in the verses before shooting off into an almost punk style chorus with jumping breaks and changes. Big lead guitar drives us through the rest of the song and a final climax of climbing power chords sends the CD home happy.

Spitfire Charlie are only a young band. Judging by this CD they haven't quite cracked it yet but they certainly show a lot of promise for the future. A few more ideas and a few better lyrics thrown into the melting pot and they could be onto a winner.



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On 7th November 2005 at 23:52 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Ths reviewer clearly knows nothing about music. If I ever meet him (which i doubt i ever will) i'll give him a piece of my mind.


On 8th November 2005 at 08:42 Anonymous 3071 wrote...

"yeah like mr sheen...."

i quite like the lyrics to soldier actually, (thats probably cos i wrote them). i guess its a matter of preference.

a pretty fair review all in all i must say. not the greatest, not the worst. so nice one chris!

and to be fair this cd was recorded 6 months ago, so we should have our new stuff done fairly soon.


On 8th November 2005 at 10:28 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Hope the review wasn't a disappointment. Just tried to give it my honest personal opinion. For the record I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of your vocals and the overall sound.

What do I know about lyrics? Probably nothing.

Anyway 6/10 is good. I've just given Maximo Park 8/10 so get an extra couple of marks and you'll be shortlisted for a Mercury Award next year.

Look forward to the new stuff.


On 9th November 2005 at 07:49 Anonymous 352 wrote...

ive heard this reviewer is a raving pophead.


On 9th November 2005 at 20:06 Anonymous 3071 wrote...

and also spelt 'soldier' wrong in the third paragraph.


On 10th November 2005 at 09:22 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

See this "Chris Woolford", if that is your real name, clearly has no idea. He should be slapped with a wet fish.


On 10th November 2005 at 10:52 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Bring on the fish soldier.


On 10th November 2005 at 13:56 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Cod or Haddock?



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