The Quireboys – Beautiful Curse

August 29th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

The Quireboys
Beautiful Curse
2013, Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Rating: 4.5

I have always liked The Quireboys’ music since they first debuted with “7 O’Clock” as The London Quireboys. With their Faces influenced style of Rock and Roll they have released one of the year’s greatest Rock albums.

The kick-off single “Too Much Of A Good Thing” is classic Quireboys in every way. It has that mid-tempo groove to it that is reminiscent of the Faces. Maybe it’s Spike’s raspy vocals that put me in mind of early Rod Stewart? Either way this is pure Rn’R. The second track on the CD is “Chain Smokin’” which is a bit slower in tempo and more Blues influenced but still 100% Quireboys. These guys can pull off a Blues-based number, a ballad and anything in-between but the full on Rock songs is where they are at their best. They have a knack for writing great upbeat songs. They always have a great groove and feel to them. Another place where they shine is in their ballads. I am not normally a slow song guy but something about The Quireboys’ slow numbers keep me listening instead of skipping to the next track. Again, maybe it’s Spike’s raspy vocal delivery that makes you envision a smoke filled pub with an old piano in the corner? Whatever it is, it’s good and does not need any fixing.

BEAUTIFUL CURE is one of 2013’s greatest Rock albums of the year, hands down. No doubt about it, you need this disc in your collection.

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