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THE RED EYES – ‘Man And Boy’ Album Review

THE RED EYES – Man And Boy

The Red EyesGlasgow’s The Red Eyes have released their 4th Studio Album, Man And Boy and it is packed with power-pop-punk performances throughout the thirteen songs. Opening with the title track where some feedback gives way to a mid-paced stormer of a song with a feel of the Small Faces, Slade and first wave UK punk rock. Bullets ups the pace but does not lose the singalong chorus, vocal harmonies and hook-laden focus.

On It’s Over (Before It Even Began) The Red Eyes continue to pound out the contagious melodies with personal lyrics and this formula is applied to Always The Bad Guy as the band channel Stiff Little Fingers.

The four-minutes of Face The Truth drives along with chunky riffs supporting the melodic vocals whilst You Fade Away introduces some acoustic guitar and plaintive lead vocals to change the atmosphere and approach. The song develops in an early Angelic Upstarts way gaining strength and power. Passing the half-way point of the album, Regrets dials up the pace again for a two-minute race through Buzzcocks land!

Nowhere Boy is one of the strongest tracks on the album with a rhythmic approach, some neat guitar works and super vocals that will encourage many a singalong at the live gigs. The power hooks and melodies continue to pour out of the speakers on The Man Who Thinks He’s God and Friday Girl with the latter adding some acoustic guitar to provide variety!

The Red Eyes have an ear for a catchy tune whether it’s applied to the more melancholic Remember My Name or the bouncy Lie Deflect And Spin with the latter a tremendous protest punk song that deserves some airplay.

The album closes with the five-minute plus, No More Tears For Daddy where a piano introduces a plaintive vocal lamenting the death of a soldier/father with lyrics that will move you to tears. This is a song that will see many a punk rocker shed a tear into their drink especially with the children singing at the end…Wow..these folks can write a tune and this is a very good album indeed!

Man and Boy by The Red Eyes is available in digital and CD format. The band sent us a copy of the CD which shows off some excellent artwork, lyric sheet and gatefold cover. A brilliant package and both formats are available here: https://theredeyes.bandcamp.com/album/man-and-boy

 

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