Album Review: The Quireboys – “Amazing Disgrace”
There was a period a few years ago where the Quireboys seemed to be slinging albums out for the fun of it – five in four years no less between 2013 and 2017! And while you’re never gonna hear us complaining too loudly about the prospect of new music from Spike and co, it did feel a bit towards the end of that run as though the quality was suffering a wee bit at the expense of quantity – having done one album of quieter/acoustic songs (2015’s St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul), one of straight-up rockers (2016’s Twisted Love which suffered a bit from the law of diminishing returns) and an acoustic blues covers album (2017’s White Trash Blues which really did feel a bit like a stop-gap filler), the group took 2018 off to recharge their batteries before returning to the fray with this new effort.
That break appears to have been a wise decision – on Amazing Disgrace the Quireboys sound re-energised and rested and it shows through in the quality of the songs, from the opening Stonesy shuffle of Original Black Eyed Son to the bluesy groove of Sinner’s Serenade and Seven Deadly Sins. The title track is a mid-paced rocker which is streets ahead of most of the ones on Twisted Love and really does show that this band is back on form, reinforced by the “pondering the world over a few pints” musings of Eve of the Summertime which recalls One For The Road off 2008’s Homewreckers and Heartbreakers.
California Blues does what it says on the tin with a driving slice of blues-rock, while the quite lovely countrified This Is It harks back to Roses And Rings off their debut all those years ago. Feels Like A Long Time glides along on a solid Mick ‘n’ Keef style groove, as does the strutting Slave #1, before the laid-back Dancing In Paris takes things down a notch and the slightly darker country rock of Medusa My Girl provides a good finish to the album. At which point I’m pretty sure you’ll be ready to cue it up for a second listen.
A much-welcomed return to form for the Quireboys after a few albums where it felt as though they were on autopilot a bit. The band sound re-energised, and this is definitely their strongest offering since 2014's "Beautiful Curse", maybe even since 2008's "Homewreckers and Heartbreakers". "Amazing Disgrace" is definitely well worth checking out.