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I have a very strong feeling that Freddy And The Phantoms will soon be a name on everyone lips.

One of the big joys of reviewing is that every now and then a band you've never heard of lands in your inbox and knocks you out; Freddy And The Phantoms is definitely one such band. From the name you may well (as I did) expect a slightly Rockabilly-based genre, and you'd be very wrong as this is one of the best retro Blues Rock albums I have heard. It's always difficult to describe a musical style in a written review without referencing other bands so that the reader can get an idea of where a band is coming from, but if you like Deep Purple, Rival Sons and Joe Bonamassa then this will likely get your juices going.

Title track 'Times Of Division' is pacy and introduces Frederik Schnoor's very rich distinctive vocals and the wonderful droning Hammond Organ, the distinguishing sound of so many Classic Rock albums (with Purple's being probably some of the most famous); it provides a wonderfully fat background. 'Borderline Blues' also brings in the harp, another sound I love in Blues Rock. 'On The Sidewalk' is punchy and will have you air drumming at the traffic lights and on 'Down, Down, Down' Anders Haarh's Hammond-fills will have you stabbing out air keyboards.

'In The Attic' is driven by Mads Wilkens brooding and moody bass. 'No One To Blame' is probably the most retro with its dances and skips, there's so much going on worthy of note it's hard to know where to start, you'll just have to listen for yourself. The Clapton-esque 'Storm On The Riverside' has some searingly soulful guitar and is an arena-worthy song whilst 'No Time' is ramped with fuzz-laden guitars raunching it up to the max.

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There are no real ballads on this album but 'Sinking Ship' is a slow paced treasure that will surely become a lighter waving favourite in their set. The wonderful overdriven Hammond brings in the album closer 'Morning Sun' which has a Crosby Stills & Nash vibe to it.

I won't be getting this album out of my player any time soon, I'm a sucker for a Hammond and thrown in some harp and I'm there. There are times when the songs sound vaguely familiar, they could almost be "long lost" tracks from better known bands, but that's a reflection of their musical quality rather than plagiarism. They have captured the musical tone of the period to perfection with Schnoor's vocals bringing a whole lot of class. If they expand their touring outside of Denmark, I have a very strong feeling that Freddy And The Phantoms will soon be a name on everyone lips.

Helen Bradley Owers

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