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October 31, 2005

Circus Normal by Circus Normal

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Welsh rock – there’s so many Welsh rock bands plying their trade and many decent ones around, Manic Street Preachers obviously, Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals and Feeder. Straight outta Cardiff Bay are Circus Normal, gigging regulars of the bluesy rock kind. There’s nothing flashy about this lot, the music is straight-forward classic rock with earnest vocals and the same grit that served the Stereophonics so well. There are even hints of The Verve on this single release, ‘Ride’ being a prime case in point – acoustic strumming and pensive singing. The opener ‘Only Time Will Tell’, however, is a seventies inspired funky rocker with memorable guitar wah-wah forming the main melodic hook.

Not at all shabby, this is enjoyable rock, the type that goes down well with festival crowds which Circus Normal are no strangers to. ‘Scream’ lacks the groundswell of positively that ‘Only Time Will Tell’ gained by being pedestrian and having an obvious chorus done by countless of similar bands, but flows neatly. There’s even a “hidden” song called ‘When Will I Be Free’ at the end of the disc, which maintains the quality control, the lead guitar being the high-point. The song is not too far removed from later day Pearl Jam, rough around the edges aspiring to the classic rock hey-day. The single serves as a good sampler of the band’s repertoire with plenty to chew over.

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Review by Nick Collings

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