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Reviews of the new CD
Sun 6-Mar-2005
Reviews from Feedback Magazine

A while ago I reviewed an in concert DVD from The Mighty Rooster and now I have had the opportunity to hear not only the newly released accompanying live CD with extra tracks, but also one of their studio albums. ‘Red Room’ was the band’s second studio album, and although it was released in 2002 it is also their most recent (mind you, they still have quite a few years before they have to release their next one if Mike’s record with Credo is to be kept to). What is interesting when comparing these two albums, is that in the eighteen months between the two only one song remained in the set. That is much more of an indication of where the band had moved to, as opposed to a reflection of the songs on the album, as I really enjoyed it! The Mighty Rooster are very much a songs-based outfit, with the emphasis on the vocals of Steve Heath. Quite a few of the songs on the album is fairly laid-back, and it would have been nicer to have had more energy, but there are still some outstanding moments. “Two Fingered Jig” would not sound of place on a Fairport album as Mike on fiddle and Steve on acoustic guitar start proceedings off in a lively fashion before the rest of the guys join in with a far more rocky edge. This really is folk-rock, although the uncredited lift from “Strange Kind Of Woman” manages to bring a smile to my face each time I hear it as it is a bit cheeky. But for me the strongest song on the album is “Blessed Be” which starts with an unaccompanied vocal, then the band kicks in and this becomes a belting little number that The Rattlers or possible even The Levellers would have been proud of.
Recorded at the end of 2003, the CD contains an extra four songs to those available on the DVD and captures the band in a much more buoyant mood than on the previous studio album. Here they really cook and the interplay between the musicians is much more obvious. I stated in the DVD review that I really enjoyed the music, and on CD it is much easier just to play it again and again than having to concentrate on a TV screen. Some of the songs, such as “Mistake”, have a very commercial bent to the folk roots sound, something that surely would gain them a wider audience if only they could get heard by more people. On the basis of what I have heard so far The Mighty Rooster would make a great festival band, and hopefully this enhanced CD (which contains a multimedia presentation with photos, a band biography as well as the video for “This Song” taken from the DVD).
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