Alberta Cross – Broken Side of Time 21/09/2009

October 4, 2009 by  


Staying safely away from any current musical trends or fashions, Britain’s Alberta Cross have produced an album of heartfelt country tinged rock songs that make-up in substance what they seemingly lack in originality. That’s not to say Alberta Cross are generic, their anglicised take on American rock is delivered with enough guts and outright passion to carve themselves a place in the roll-call of rock.

From the super charged ATX to the dreamy Ryan Adams-esque blues of Old Man Chicago, Stakee and Co manage to reference nearly every musical facet of Americana, Blues and Country. The songs come alive through Stakee?s injection of modern-day urban blues, dragging them kicking and screaming into the new millennium.

Stakees’s wobbly yearns genuinely do some severe tugging of the heart strings and at times will have you drifting off in a listless daze as you fantasize about Neil Young and life on the ranch. No more so than on The Thief and The Heartbreaker, which borrows it’s ryhtmn and prevailing harmony from Young’s Down By The River, evoking memories of the singer at his dirty-blues best.

This album could easily sound out of time with the present day, but with the help of some slick production and the occasional inclusion of eerie sounds and screeching guitars that shatter the calm of the soft melodies, Broken Side of Time manages to hold onto its own identity and more importantly remain relevant.


By Chris Cummins