Album Review: Bordello Rose – “Bordello Rose”
Bordello Rose are a London four-piece with a murky shared past, taking in everything from opera through sleaze-rock to thrash metal. So it may not be a huge surprise to learn that their debut album is quite an eclectic affair. And that’s definitely not a bad thing.
Opener Tomorrow’s World is a solid five minute riffathon, but the keyboards, flute and operatic vocals in the background mark it out as a little unusual, which is reinforced on track two Anger where the soaring female vocals and piano over the riffs see them go all Nightwish on our arses. When this in turn is followed by the ’60s garage rock leanings of Stuck Inside with its Doors/Stranglers style organ (oh and a sax solo as well obviously), and the almost goth-jazz number Lay It Down (which will almost certainly bring back memories of Patchwork Grace’s cover of The Love Cats for Pure Rawk readers of a certain age) and it’s pretty clear that rule number one of this effort is to expect the unexpected.
Side two is no less varied, with the group coming across like solo Ozzy in one of his moody mid-tempo moments one minute (Leave Me Alone), affecting a full on Faster Pussycat style sleaze strut the next (Always Innocent), before finishing it off with a big piano-led power ballad (When I Look At You). Confusing? Yeah, at times it is, but it’s definitely an intriguing listen and this band deserve credit for trying something this ambitious for their debut.
Bordello Rose's debut is a real "throw everything but the kitchen sink in there and see what happens" affair (actually, I'd be willing to bet that the kitchen sink is in there among the percussion somewhere but I digress). The only slight drawback is that there isn't really a 100% knockout song on here, but for sheer variety and scope this can't be faulted. If they take these promising first steps and build on them, this lot could really be on to something here.