The 1st of June saw London, England based glam rockers The Quireboys release their seventh album entitled ‘Beautiful Curse’ via Jerkin Chorus Records.
The Quireboys formed around 1984 after Singer Jonathan Gray had left his native Newcastle for London and hooked up with Guy Bailey who played guitar and shared a fondness for classic rock n roll. By the late 80’s the band were starting to make a name for themselves as a live act and appearances at Reading Festival and support slots for none other than Guns n Roses lead to some big name labels taking notice. The band signed with EMI which resulted in their debut album A Bit of What You Fancy (1990). From there the band never looked back.
So now the year is 2013 and the buzz around ‘Beautiful Curse’ is that it’s a future classic. I’ve not heard anything by The Quireboys in over eight years and I can’t remember being too impressed back then. Still, if I wanted to live forever I wouldn’t have taken a position writing for With Guitars would I?. First impressions of Beautiful Curse are that it sounds just like AC/DC crossed with The Rolling Stones.
Beautiful Curse opens up with “To Much of a Good Thing” a catchy enough tune whose opening notes sound like CCR without the southern tones before launching quickly into a Stones-esque rock n roll, bar room humdinger. “Chain Smokin’” is decent enough musically but the lyrics veer into cliché and let it down. “Talk of the Town” is by far and away the best song on the album; it’s a catchy, sing-along, tailor-made for radio classic. What is a strong first half of an album turns a bit mediocre for the second as songs tend to blur into one another with none standing out in particular.
‘Beautiful Curse’ doesn’t really put a foot wrong, but it doesn’t put a foot outside of the lines either. The songs are well crafted, and well executed, but they are fairly middle of the road affairs. They don’t sound very dangerous, in fact dare I say we are almost in dad-rock territory which should be a red flag for a rock n roll band – but then The Quireboys are getting on quite a bit and maybe that goes with the terrain. If you’re in the market for some well made classic rock, are a fan of AC/DC, The Stones and want something that recalls those bands 80’s periods then you’ll love ‘Beautiful Curse’. And perhaps if you’re not in the market just yet, you’ll realise, like we all do eventually, that your dad had some alright stuff in his collection. Not my cup of tea but a respectable 6.7/10.