Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Review: West Of Wonderland (Cult of Wedge)

By his own admission, Pete Hackett calls his musical vehicle Cult of Wedge a "car crash" influenced not a little by ELO and many of his other personal faves. He also says that his latest album "falls to earth somewhere in (the) late 70's, turn of the decade into the 80's" ... and he certainly ain't wrong.

New Cult of Wedge album "West Of Wonderland" is exactly that, ten songs pitched into the sonic landscape apparent when ELO were at their peak battling it out with every possible kind of music genre. What is amazing is that he has managed to produce another beauty from his bunker in deepest, darkest Rowley Regis. This is a higher tempo outing than previous offering "Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships", a little more commercial and certainly no less innovative whilst bursting with pleasing riffs, magic melodies, incisive lyrics and supremely catchy songs deserving of much wider attention. Rather than go through the tracks individually, Yours Truly KJS is going to depart from my normal review routine and recommend this quite exceptional album to you as a whole. Having said that, I simply must mention the fantastic title track, "Insomniac" - a track oozing Ric Ocasek/The Cars (also featuring the classy vocals of another fave elobf Indie artiste: Maxi Dunn) - and "Poundshop Princess", another one of those clever Cult of Wedge local social commentaries with a hint of classic Squeeze. Without doubt, Pete Hackett is an unsung purveyor of tunes from Prog To Power Pop"West Of Wonderland" proves it and is well worth your investment. ★★

Trax: [1] "Mind Over Matter" (4:08); [2] "Guitar Girl" (2:46); [3] "Insomniac" (3:49); [4] "West Of Wonderland" (3:33); [5] "Laura Take Me Dancing" (3:53); [6] "Ifs, Buts And Maybes" (4:57); [7] "Laughing In The Face Of Danger" (2:59); [8] "New York" (4:27); [9] "Poundshop Princess" (5:27); [10] "Strange Kind Of Love Song" (4:48)

"West Of Wonderland" by Cult of Wedge was released on Sunday 28th January via Bandcamp (priced from just £4) and can be ordered via this link thus: cultofwedge.bandcamp.com/album/west-of-wonderland

Find out more about Cult of Wedge via these official links thus:
www.facebook.com/cultofwedge   cultofwedge.bandcamp.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "West Of Wonderland" by Cult of Wedge to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-Feb-2018

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