Friday, January 30, 2015


by The Temperance Movement  
(Fantasy/Concord Records)

After touring like what seem like forever in Europe since 2012, UK' s Temperance Movement are set to win over new fans in America with the release of their self titled debut. The Temperance Movement draw inspiration from such as The Stones, Faces, Little Feat, Bobby and acknowledged catalysts The Black Crowes, into their own authentic blast of blues n soul drenched rock n soul. Each track on this album is excellent, all of them destined to become classics! It's gritty, it's bluesy and it grabs your attention and holds it until the very last song. The album begins with the 1-2 punch of "Only Friend" and "Ain't No Telling", both songs full of swagger and suggestive lyrics sung by the band's powerhouse singer, Phil Campbell. Then there is "Midnight Black", a shot of rock and soul adrenaline that will make you move and groove. "Chinese Lanterns", a soulful emotion filled song that Phil Campbell's vocals will move you in ways unimaginable.The guitar tandem of Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer are a match made in heaven. While the rhythm section of Nick Fyffe on bass and Damon Wilson on drums brings everything together for one unforgettable music experience.  As they showcase on, "Morning Riders", this one will get your rock and roll juices flowing in no time flat. "Loves and Fighters" is the quintessential blues ballad, served up with a pack of smokes and some slow gin. "Smouldering" is another great example of how amazing this band truly is. The album closes with, "Serenity", this song just floored me! I kid you not. It touches on every emotion you have and goes in deeper when you think that you just can't take any more. The song wraps around you and with each listen you discover another layer. The Temperance Movement is an excellent lesson to aspiring musicians on what pure soulful passion and energy is a lot about and how it should be done. The proof is in the pudding folks and this pudding taste oh so good! It's hard to call an album 'perfect', but this one gets just about as close as humanly possible. In 30 years, The Temperance Movement will still sound great and amazing, whereas most of the other musical offerings out today will be long forgotten, and more than likely, unlistenable. - Highly Recommended 
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/ All Access Magazine

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