Album Review: Thirsty – “Albatross”
This is the second album from Thirsty, the project fronted up by ex-Quireboys guitarist Guy Bailey, and featuring songs co-written by him and Russian poetess Irina D. I reviewed their debut last year and, if I’m honest, I could probably pretty much copy and paste about 90% of that review for this album. But I’m getting ahead of myself here, let’s just take this from the beginning, shall we?
Bailey has assembled a pretty capable looking backing band for this one, including his former QB’s bandmate Chris Johnstone on keys, ex-Saint Jude singer Lynne Jackaman on backing vocals, and he’s even managed to get former Stones producer Chris Kimsey on board. And there definitely has been some growth since Thirsty’s eponymous debut, with a much fuller sound this time out.
The only problem is that, a bit like its predecessor, Albatross does tend to drift a bit and a lot of these songs sound like studio jam ideas rather than the finished article. Although, with all eleven songs clocking in at well under four minutes, at least there’s nothing here that really outstays its welcome. It’s just you kind of wish that one of them would leap out of the stereo to grab you round the throat and make you think “WOAH! This is good!” Maybe that should be their aim for album number three…
More laid back than Keith Richards in a hammock on a Hawaiian beach, Albatross is very much an acquired taste. There's several songs here where the germ of a good idea is present, but it just lacks that certain something to embed itself in your memory and make you want to come back and listen again. It's not a bad effort by any means, but there's definitely a bit of room for improvement here.