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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Record Review – The Urges

‘Fire Burning'/ ‘I’ve Been Here Before’
Mersol Music

The Urges late 2007 album Psych Ward is ’66 style garage/psych as powerful as the origin of the species. Conscious of being too time locked they’ve soaked up mod, soul and psych and have emerged with a sound utterly their own. On the A side ‘Fire Burning’ the horns blow in a mod/soul fashion just placed at a level to power up the fuzz guitar verse intros and colour the proceedings, they never dominate. Great melodies, delivered by James Walters in top form. Great song. Hints of US psych up to ’69 but this is totally fresh. The solos are short and brilliant – Manzarek style organ followed by the grooviest guitar break I’ve heard in years. ‘I’ve Been Here Before’ is the AA side and it is also tinged with later psych but more of the UK variety. Flanged vocal and the chorus has the spirit of Jools/Brian Augur’s interpretation of ‘This Wheel's On Fire’... so you know this is damn catchy too. The floating guitar middle section is just stunning – you gotta hear it. The rhythm section is strong but so loooose. Wonderful.

Brian Neavyn

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