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Neither as fun nor edgy as the bands they are influenced by.

Oh, I love That Moment when you get a 20th Anniversary compilation from a band you didn’t even know existed. Not that I can be the only one, mind, as Swedes Hion Martell aren’t all that high profile and are really unlikely to make that long awaited breakthrough anytime before the next apocalypse.

Basically, Hion Martell play pretty laid back country rock, occasionally infused with a little good time rock and roll but mainly its music to fall asleep in your rocking chair to. Sure, when they Stones it up a little, like with “Damned If They Don’t”, it’s pretty entertaining, but even then I found my mind wandering off half way through, wanting to go and find some real Stones records, or at the very least a soft pillow. You can imagine Hion Martell with a small but loyal following, playing bars and small festivals, having a whale of a time, but it’s just too laid back for me, neither as fun nor edgy as the bands they are influenced by.

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So aside from a few tracks that pick up the pace a little, I can’t really recommend ‘Ultimate High’, although if you are a fan by all accounts some of these tracks are previously unreleased (helpfully pointed out by the press release as ‘a handful’). Fans of the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd should, basically, stick to the masters, everyone else go and buy something that actually rocks.

Alan Holloway

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