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BLOSSOM HILL – ‘Under the North Star’ Album Review

BLOSSOM HILL – Under the North Star

Blossom HillFinland based punk rock band Blossom Hill have recently released their second album Under the North Star.

Appropriately, the album starts with the Green Day-esque pop-punk corker and title track, Under The North Star, which is a two-minute marvel of powerful riffs and melody infused vocals.

On Burken, the hooks and melodies keep on raining down as the band displays a togetherness and tightness that maintains the momentum. The country twang in the guitar intro to the mid-paced Something To Live For leads to a bass driven punk rocker that lasts for over four minutes and has elements of Green Day’s Dookie.

The fourth track of the fourteen on the album is Back In The Backseat, a chunky rocker with serrated guitar riffs and a chant along chorus whereas The Waiting introduces some keyboards to a Gaslight Anthem like power ballad. The spiraling guitar lick intro to Instructions For Love reminded me of Stiff Little Fingers whilst the four and a half minutes of Spring In The City build slowly to a medium paced rocker with splendid guitar solo.

Walk Through Fire is a powerful effort with pounding drums and hook-laden chorus and the follow up, Saving The World powers along with some interesting breaks throughout. Blossom Hill sounds more West Coast USA than Finland as they do on the pop-punk-ballad, What Matters Most and the more raucous The Fight.

On Buzz In My Head, the band drives a more ‘in your face’ punk bass dominated rocker and the penultimate song has a more skate-punk beat and ambience. The album closes with Leaves On The Ground and the group sends us off with another pop-punk effort that is full of melody and hooks. A thoroughly enjoyable album indeed!

Blossom HillUnder the North Star on Bandcamp: https://blossomhill.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-north-star

 

 

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