Friday 11 August 2017
Aunt Mary - New Dawn (2016)
The fourth and so far the latest album from this Norwegian band.
Aunt Mary was a quintet on this album with a lineup of bass, drums, keyboards, guitars and English vocals.
This was Aunt Mary's first studio album for over forty-three years. Which is a long break..... The album came about after some of the golden oldies Norwegian bands from the 1970s had re-formed. Ruphus, Høst and Aunt Mary springs to mind. So why not a new studio album in this "new dawn" ?
So they went to a studio.
In my reviews of their first three albums, I never really understood why this band was regarded as a hard rock band. Well, they are a hard rock band on New Dawn. Hard rock, but never heavy metal. That is a very big difference here.
The music is a mix of hard rock, hard blues and rock. Which is very live friendly in pubs and in small concert halls. The bread and butter of Aunt Mary's "new dawn".
There is no complicated music here and no progressive rock. Glenn Lyse does a very good job on vocals and has the vocal range to give this album an xtra edge. It also gives Aunt Mary a new life. My guess is that he also aces their old material in their gigs. Perfect !
The guitarist and only remaining orginal member Bjørn Kristiansen too does a great job on this forty-three minutes long album.
The result is an honest hard rocking album. It is also, to my surprise, a good album too. It is well worth checking out this album if hard rock anno the 1970s is your thing.