Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Review: Riding Rainbows (Quill)
#1,628: Whilst it's been a quiet year for Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, the same cannot be said for Joy Strachan-Brain, Quill and Bev Bevan as they have used the time to meticulously prepare their latest studio album "Riding Rainbows" some six years on from previous outing "Brush With The Moon". So when The Move and ELO co-founder says that "this is the best album I have played on since ELO's Out Of The Blue" then fans and followers are being given good advice to check it out for themselves as they would doubtless be impressed with this twelve song opus by Quill with a little help from an inspired roster of guest contributors including Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Pentelow (Wizzard), John Lodge (The Moody Blues), Chris Norman (Smokie), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Louis Clark Jr. (The Orchestra) and Richard Bailey (Magnum). Make no mitsake about it, this is a very different recording than its predecessor taking the band to a new level.
"a fine album worthy of chart implications and many a collection"
"Riding Rainbows" is an album reflective of Quill's renowned energetic and polished live performances with ten songs a collaborative effort between Bev, Joy and guitarist Lee Evans (who also wrote "Bullet Proof" and "Begin Again") and finds the septet in great form, whatever their choice of musical mood is. The sublime vocals of Joy Strachan-Brain again demonstrate an amazing versatility (whether solo or in duet) and the articulate arrangements by Louis Clark Jr. (courtesy The Maverick Strings) are sure to please fans of the classic ELO sound throughout. Whether it be the frenetic "Begin Again", the pensive "Coat of Colours" and "All You've Left Me Is Alone", the anthemic and completely brilliant opener "Riding Rainbows", the jazzy "Chinese Whispers", the classy "Love On The Run", the bluesy "Dead Man Walking", the skiffle of "Scratchin' At My Door" or the hard rock of "We're Only Human", there's more than enough on offer here to please purveyors of the long and varied career of Bev Bevan and engage new listeners in the wonderful Midlands enigma that is Quill.
"Riding Rainbows" is a fine album worthy of chart implications and many a collection, excellently produced by Alan Caves and confirming the aforementioned opinion of Mr. Bevan. Truly a pleasure to listen to, review and recommend. Quill have come of age in Yours Truly 2021. Bring on the vinyl edition! Fave trax: "Riding Rainbows", "Chinese Whispers", "Dead Man Walking", "Begin Again". ★★★★★
Quill are: Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead vox) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/drums) ~ Kate McWilliam (Violin/vox) ~ Abby Brant (Keys/vox) ~ Lee T. Evans (Guitars/vox) ~ John Jowitt (Bass/vox) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion/guitar)
"Riding Rainbows" was released on Friday 29th October and can be ordered via these links thus:
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