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Concept albums can be a tricky thing to get right; when they're good, they can be brilliant, when they aren't, they can be a meandering, disjointed mess. 'Everybody Powwow!' is a huge, twenty-one track, double album telling the story of a young coal miner, who travels to America and falls in love with Rosie, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. He ends up being conscripted to the army, deserts, and winds up involved in the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.

I must admit, I wasn't blown away by the idea and chanced my arm simply because the album featured the likes of ex-Bad Company singer Robert Hart, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and Manfred Mann's drummer Jimmy Copley. The album is the brainchild of Simon Webb, a composer, keyboard player and former Musical Director for the 'Tommy' stage show at the Queen's Theatre. What delighted me the most about the album is how he has not gone for the obvious beating tom-toms and wailing you think of when you first think of Native Americans – this is a Rock album first and foremost, performed by Rock musicians and bolstered by strings and horns.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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I'm not going to talk about all twenty-one songs on offer, but suffice to say there isn't one clunker amongst them. Despite offering nearly an hour and a half of music, the album never outstays its welcome. 'Amerikaye' lures you in with its breezy feel, the groovy 'This Is The Life' reminds me very much of the sort of thing Pete Townshend did with 'Tommy', while 'Gold Fever' with its fiddle intro has a Funky vibe. The closing track on the first disk features narration before morphing into one of the catchiest songs on the record.

Female vocalist Emma Pears shines with her clean, lilting voice providing an excellent foil for Hart's masculine rasp. 'Badlands' has plenty of Rock bite while the title track is a gloriously upbeat effort with its keyboard stabs and guitar riffs. It must be noted that Hart handles the lion's share of the lead vocals which, as a big fan of his, was a big plus for me. Frankly, I think it's probably the finest performance of his long career.

I've enjoyed the album more every time I've played it, and I've not had to concentrate too hard on the story to do so. The record works perfectly as a whole, but the vast majority of the songs can easily be taken on their own merit and stand up by themselves. The album artwork may be utter pants, but the music contained within is fantastic and that's what matters. Excellent!

James Gaden

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