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BAND/AUTHOR:

WAYWARD SONS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
THE TRUTH AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
FRONTIERS RECORDS
GENRE:
HARD ROCK
"Strongly inspired by the music of "Queen", "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be" offers an impeccable menu to which it is very difficult to find weaknesses."
CHILDERIC THOR - 08.01.2020 -
While the biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" illustrated that Queen's legacy lives on even 28 years after Freddie Mercuy's death, Wayward Sons comes at the right time to remind us that (hard) British rock, classy and racy, still has things to offer. And some good ones.

English so, the band still has a modest aura. Yet, signed by Frontiers Records, the quintet is not composed of complete strangers, notably Toby Jepson, whose older among you will undoubtedly remember his band, Little Angels, which was a great success in the 90s. Later associated with Fastway or Gun and then producer, notably of Saxon ("Call To Arms"), he launched in 2017 this Wayward Sons which is completed by guitarist Sam Wood, bassist Nic Wastell, drummer Phil Martini and keyboardist Dave Kemp. 

The previous album, "Ghosts Of Yet To Come", was well received by the lovers of old-fashioned rock whose anachronism doesn't however exonerate it from a devastating energy. The latter won't be disappointed by "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be", the second throw of God's fire. With its elegance combined with a sharp power, the work sees Queen's bite imprinted in its flesh, especially for its guitar parts covered by Brian May's shadow ('Little White Lies'). And when these are coupled with a piano ('Joke's On You'), the mimicry is obvious.  Of course, Jepson isn't Mercury and doesn't try to be anyway, but his warm voice ideally moulds these chiselled compositions like a gleaming goldsmith's work ('Us Against The World'). 

However, reducing Wayward Sons to a clone of "Queen" would be as unfair as it would be reductive. Certainly, very influenced by the hard rock of the 80s and 90s (Bon Jovi is sometimes not far away either), the band exists by itself thanks to the strength of songs with melodic qualities as seductive as undeniable like the opening track 'Any Other Way'. The stirring 'As Black As Sin', 'Have It Your Own Way' and its strong curves, the feline 'Punchline' give the English a catchy and cheeky face, while the poignant 'Fade Away' softens the message with a nice performance by Toby. 

Solidly built, "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be" offers an impeccable menu to which it is very difficult to find weaknesses, even though it will obviously not meet the success it should have...

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VIDEO

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QUEEN, BON JOVI

TRACK LISTING

01. Any Other Way - 3:23
02. As Black As Sin - 2:42
03. Joke's on You - 3:57
04. Little White Lies - 4:19
05. Feel Good Hit - 3:33
06. Fade Away - 4:12
07. Have It Your Own Way - 3:40
08. Long Line of Pretenders - 3:35
09. (If Only) God Was Real - 3:20
10. The Truth Ain't What It Used to Be - 3:31
11. Punchline - 3:30
12. Us Against the World - 4:11
13. Totally Screwed (Hidden Track) - 3:51


LINEUP

Dave Kemp: Claviers
Nic Wastell: Basse
Phil Martini : Batterie
Sam Wood: Guitares
Toby Jepson: Chant / Guitares


TAGS:
70's, 80's, Old School
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