Some of the first people I ran into on the streets of Brighton capturing the attention of a small crowd near The Royal Pavillion were Bradley Hicks and Simon Stewart. Bradley’s album Candidates is due for release on Saturday 25th May before the start of a number of UK gigs. The album is not on national release but if you can make it to one of the live dates, you may be lucky enough to get your hands on a copy after the show and it’s worth it. Eleven tracks of acoustic beauty, it’s a heartfelt offering of soulful tunes with my favourites Baited Breath and 36/1 – a cautionary tale of gambling addiction and human mistakes. Although it is not just the lyrics that cut to the heart, Bradley’s signature fragile, raw tones mixed with quiet instrumental accompaniment make the lead vocal the star of the album as it should be. If ever there was a voice that deserved to be heard….it features heavily on this album. If you are a fan of unplugged simplicity without the accoutrements and set dressings to distract, give this a whirl.
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The unexpected pressure of a meteoric rise or a highly successful debut album might be enough to make some bands quiver in their live boots but not Bastille who hit the Concorde 2 in Brighton with the kind of multi-layered skill of a band secure in their talents.
To Kill A King’s debut album makes its way onto the musical meal table on February 24th, 2013 and they are still astounding with their five part harmonies, orchestral strings and rousing brass highlights.
Admittedly I was fairly dubious about last night’s theatre visit after having drudged through several reviews that deemed Saunders’ Spice sensation musical a massive flop. I felt I’d let the side down, as being the family thespian it is always my duty to pick a show. However, last night proved that you shouldn’t always listen to the advice of pompous critics, as after all … musical theatre is subjective.