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SHEV AND THE BRAKES (Angel Air SJPCD142) (2003)

Shev And The Brakes

An album that should have seen the light of day in 1989 but due to age-old politics at the record label was dropped from the release schedule. The band was formed by singer/songwriter Tony 'Shev' Shevlin, along with guitarist Andy Williams, drummer Mark Walker, bass player Nigel Pierce and Shev's sister, Jules who added vocal harmonies. For the actual record the producer wanted a different rhythm section and Pete Thomas (drums) and Bruce Thomas (bass) were bought in (the two formed the rhythm section of Elvis Costello & the Attractions).

The music is not unlike a British version of Bryan Adams in that the songs have big choruses and plenty of rockin' guitar riffs. Another album from the same period with similar sound was fellow British act, Dennis Greaves & the Truth. Some great, straight-ahead rockers on here like 'That's OK', the bizarre lyrics of 'The Story Of Robert The Bunny' and the AOR rocker 'If I Can Help You'. Even a touch of Springsteen about 'I Just Wanna Dance With You' and they outdo FM on 'What's The Difference Now', a classic example of British AOR. You get three bonus tracks as well, with 'I Won't Wait Around' another fine tune.

Good to see such quality music finally get the release it deserves but you can only wonder at how well it could have done back in 1989 when this style of rock music was very much in vogue.

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Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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