Gunhill – Nightheat/One Over The Eight
Gunhill was a rock band fronted by the one and only John Lawton back in the mid to late nineties, and their contagious blend of rock, blues rock is bound to steal your soul on this double CD set.
“Nightheat” is an album of all original studio songs featuring a solid and mesmerizing vocal performance from Lawton. This 13-tracker CD was originally released in 1997, and sounds so modern and refreshing considering it was released back in the late nineties. With 60 minutes worth of soulful and passionately played blues-rock, “Nightheat” is definitely one of the best AOR rock albums to ever come from British shores. The energy and vibe of the songs found on this album remind of small country pubs in old English towns with a love affair for British modern rock music.
Mind you, Lawton’s singing is melodic and powerful here, but it’s nothing, which should be compared to his stints with Uriah Heep, as the style is totally different than his previous bands. Gunhill has this awesome soul-fueled vibe about their music, which is still prevalent today as it was 20 years ago.
The second CD is an album of 11 cover tunes from the likes of The Beetles, Withers, Deep Purple and several other well-known artists. Even these covers are brilliantly and tastefully executed, and they also make for a great listening experience.
Personally, I am impressed with the band’s spot-on musicianship on both CDs, as they really convince the listener that Gunhill was one of a kind when it came to blues-rock music. Excellent. Cherry Red Records Sarjoo Devani