The Temperance Movement
The Temperance Movement


4.0
excellent

Review

by Antonius USER (27 Reviews)
January 4th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: TTM do exactly what Rival Sons did one year before, raised our eye brow

2013 was a year that saw a number of notable releases in rock music. Somewhere between an 'earth rocker', 'a raven which refused to sing' and three 'winery' dogs there was a 'movement' which went totally unnoticed. The British quartet named as The Temperance Movement released their self-titled debut album one year after their EP "Pride". Containing all five songs of the EP, the album was warmly received by critics and audiences. As evidence you can check the sold-out appearances around UK venues and the award for Best New Band received from Classic Rock magazine.

In terms of the album's sound, songs are divided between mid-tempo blues rock and southern style ballads. The soulful vocals of Phil Campbell and the simplistic riffs by the guitar duet of Potashnick and Sayer make the opening track "Only Friend" a modern classic rock song with an aura from the 1970s. The pair of "Know For Sure" and "Ain't No Telling" is nothing more than a duet of two outstanding; swing-type blues songs that will grow a positive feeling and attitude, making you to want something more.

This positiveness is matched -if not surpassed- in "Midnight Black" and "Take It Back". The former is a straightforward, uplifting rocker with much vibe and distorted riffs capable of getting you in party mood in seconds, while the latter is a similar flammable track with a concert sing-along chorus. The track that highlights the cohesion of the whole album is "Morning Riders", a three-and-a-half minute extravaganza that contains chunky riffs and brings out the best of each individual. Apart from being one of the finest moments, "Be Lucky" will win many listeners because of it is simplification, grooviness, and the catchiest chorus of the whole album.

As previously mentioned there is a ballad side to the album and is also a damn good one. Whether you pick to listen the Skynyrd-type "Serenity", its close friend "Smouldering" or the chilled-laid back "Chinese Lanterns" you will not be disappointed. The softness and the melodic guitar playing are spot-on ingredients to balance perfectly the adventurous songs already mentioned. "Lovers and Fighters" is an emotional song, capable to touch the not-so-sensitive personalities with its harmonic sound created by the acoustic guitar and the feather-like hits on the snare drum.

Just as many did before, The Temperance Movement start their career with an impressive debut album. A revelation of genuine rock n roll, a thing not so common in these days, this band comes to the foreground to refresh our memories and revive our passion and spirit towards this monolithic genre called ‘classic rock’.



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manosg
January 4th 2014


6712 Comments


I see that this album sold well in both the UK and US so I'm surprised nobody had reviewed it. I trust your taste and this one seems like something I would enjoy so I'll probably give it a listen.

Good job, pos.

Digging: Whitesnake - Slide It In

Mad.
January 4th 2014


4201 Comments


Good review, might have to check this just because of that artwork.

In the first paragraph, you need to capitalise the names of the albums you mentioned, and it's The Raven That Refused To Sing, not 'A Raven'

Antonius
January 4th 2014


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@manos: thank u bro. I think you'll like it. In the worst case you'll appreciate it

Antonius
January 4th 2014


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mad: cheers mate. The reason i've written them in such way is because I wanted to refer them as personalities and not as albums

RivalSkoomaDealer
March 21st 2014


979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Have a pos. I checked this and it was awesome. Got some real blues revivalists in these folks.

Digging: Nero di Marte - Derivae

RivalSkoomaDealer
March 21st 2014


979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Have a pos. I checked this and it was awesome. Got some real blues revivalists in these folks.

Mad.
March 21st 2014


4201 Comments


Forgot about this, should listen

Antonius
March 23rd 2014


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm waiting for your thoughts Mad. br1nk you might also like Radio Moscow. Give 'em a listen and let me know what you think

Mad.
March 23rd 2014


4201 Comments


Gave some of this a listen, as much as I love blues rock, it's not rally my thing - a bit too derivative and retro. It would be good if they had a bit more of their own unique flair, if ya get what I mean.

Still, they're a promising band and could go on to greatness

Antonius
March 23rd 2014


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes that's true. The lack of some originality. But as we both agree they are promising

Mad.
March 23rd 2014


4201 Comments


Have you ever heard Mother Tongue?
They're one of the best, most original blues rock bands I've heard yet completely obscure.

Check their s/t debut, it's amazing

danielcardoso
August 14th 2014


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I finally checked it out, after you recommended it to me months ago ;) It's definitely some pretty cool stuff, Midnight Black and Ain't No Telling are kickass tunes.

Mad.
August 14th 2014


4201 Comments


Daniel, check Mother Tongue man

danielcardoso
August 14th 2014


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will do. Hey, check out your shoutbox, I have some recs for you.

danielcardoso
August 14th 2014


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who the hell 1'd this album???



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