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  Radio Anna by Raymond Meade



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Ronelle returns

Formerly of The Ronelles is Raymond Meade and “Radio Anna” is our Mr Meade striking out on his own. It’s a polished pop song that would be what was called in the good old days “radio friendly”. It’s got that sort of sixties feel good vibe to it too so it would make a rather fine song for the summer. If we actually get a summer, that is.


Review date:  February 16, 2012
  www.raymondmeade.com

  Take it or Leave it by The Beautiful Game



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Indie rock at the crossroads

Not sure about this one.  “Take It Or Leave It” sounds too close to what you would expect of an average indie rock band yet the singer throws himself at the song like a man on a mission. I also think they should have let their axeman off the leash and turned this into a proper balls to the wall rock anthem.


Review date:  February 16, 2012
  wearethebeautifulgame.com

  Break free by Luna Jamboree



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Soft rock shuffling

It is true to say that Luna Jamboree are easy on the ear and it is also true to say that they draw on the past for their soft rock inspiration so it will be little surprise to learn that both “Break Free” and “Some People” do nothing to offend your ears although only the latter song has sufficient focus to hold your attention.


Review date:  February 1, 2012
  www.reverbnation.com/lunajamboree

  Through the Door by The Barrels



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West Lothian independents

Although the musicianship is distinctly rough around the edges, The Barrels show  promise with both “Through The Door” and “Blind” being closer to Britpop in feel than the justifiably much maligned indie rock so beloved  of West Lothian bands. Practice might just make them perfect if they follow that musical course.


  A Une Amie by Lilia Scandurra



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Sensitive Italian songstress

An Italian singer singing her songs in French just has to be classy and Lilia Scandurra does not disappoint on that front. There is an understated elegance to both “A Une Amie” and “Parapluie” that suggests both repressed emotion and retro chic simultaneously. The mark of quality is clearly stamped upon her.


Review date:  January 27, 2012
  www.liliamusica.com

  Somebody to Blame by Matt Johnston



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Busker with ambition

On the lam from the band Haivercraft, Matt Johnston moves his style towards more conventional Scottish rock (Idlewild and perhaps even The Big Dish) with these two songs. “Somebody To Blame” strolls right down the middle of the road but is still a decent song. “Pacemaker” shows more spirit and style but our Mr Johnston’s delivery of both songs is a touch too polite to make that all important lasting impact on your ears.


Review date:  January 25, 2012
  www.mattjohnston.co.uk

  Like you Always Knew by Dirty/Clean



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Identikit rockers

For a rock band claiming to be from the rougher parts of Scotland, Dirty/Clean seem rather tame with “Like You Always Knew” failing to escape from the combined shadows of Oasis and The Stone Roses. “Nothing” is a better song but the performances are again lacking in the sort of spark that might perhaps one day make a fire.


  Electric Rooster by Death By Ambition



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Glasgow extended rockers

From the primordial pool of Glasgow rock bands comes Death By Ambition. “Electric Rooster” flies the flag well for that sort of thing although the song stops just when it was getting interesting.  “Mirror Signal Manoeuvre” , on the other hand, is rather less successful with weak lyrics and an insipid male vocal dragging the song down.


Review date:  January 14, 2012
  www.facebook.com/deathbyambition

  Made Up Stories by Craig White



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Another sensitive soul

Light and meaningful in the way of young, thoughtful, singer songwriters, Craig White does a pleasant enough job of his song “Made Up Stories” but I have to observe that he really needs to man up if he is to stand out from what is a very large crowd of similarly sensitive souls.


Review date:  January 14, 2012
  www.facebook.com/craigwhitesolo

  Good God I'm on Fire by Haivercraft



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Glasgow rockers grow hair

“Good God (I’m On Fire)” has that eighties bombastic feel that you would expect of an American hair rock band aiming at the pop charts. There’s a big guitar solo, as you would expect, but the spotlight shines most brightly on the singer’s robust yet simultaneously camp delivery. Safe to say that Haivercraft got it just about right with this one.  “I Want You” shows a sensitive side to the band but that song is ultimately destined to be forever a flipside.


Review date:  January 8, 2012
  www.haivercraft.co.uk

  Garden of Eden by JapanFour



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Thoughtful indie rockers

A bit of a surprise here as JapanFour neatly escape the limitations of being a West Lothian band with “Garden of Eden”. Decorating the song with some sharp lyrics and a solid Britpop on the rampage groove lets the band stand tall over their geographic contemporaries.


Review date:  January 8, 2012
  www.japanfour.co.uk

  All I Ever Wanted by Minor Delilah



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Mellow Lanarkshire Boys

What’s this? A band from Lanarkshire that isn’t doing the three power chord thing? Apparently so, as “All I Ever Wanted” shows Minor Delilah to be a band with a sensitive side and a perhaps unhealthy interest in Coldplay. That said, with a bit of work on developing their individuality, they could be interesting.


Review date:  December 26, 2011
  www.facebook.com/minordelilah

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