I know it’s only Rock n Roll but I like it, I like it ta lot and Marc Eden lives it and then when he’s ready he’ll knock out an album full of the stuff. Harking back to the most recent not-to-distant stuff when he teamed up from Out of the Wilderness with the sadly departed Guy Bailey for the first Peckham Cowboys album of rough cuts through to the more polished albums but before that, there was DNA Dolls and Men and Gods. Timo passed away as did the phenomenal talent that was Darrell Bath but they all leaned a hand to Marc’s talent and helped form some of his finest music. He then found a kindred spirit in Peter Doherty of The Libertines and toured opening the shows as a solo artist for the Puta Madres it then went all quiet for half a decade but now Marcs is back and comes out swinging with this here album featuring collaborations from Alabama3, Congo Natty, and Peter Doherty.

Of the ten tracks on offer it veers from the opening acoustic lament of ‘Next Of Kin’ with its thoughtful musing as Eden uses his fantastic voice from hushed whispers to a whisky and cigarette-soaked rasp as the waves crash in and the song gently unfolds. ‘Free’ is a more aggressive beast with the pure chirping Rock n Roll guitar slash and hacking on a rollicking tune with a splendid piano holding court in the corner. He’s certainly got his mojo happening here and doing the 70s T rex meets Mott thang and doing it rather well.

‘Cruel Britannia’ is a howling kick to the bollocks mixing elements of the first Cowboys album with some wild and tasty guitar licks and a fuzzy morning-after vocal. Eden is on fire! He gets his funk on for ‘Mother Mary’ as he delves into the medicine bag of 70s white boy funk that the Stones mastered around the time of Some Girls and even further back than that. There’s a lot going on and you get drawn in on the rhythm and that filthy raw riff.

He chills out on ‘Mysterious’ with a great vocal but gets even looser on the fantastic ‘All Gods Children’ – great lyrics and cool vibe and those handclaps are killer. He goes slightly down a Doors route for ‘Suicide Blues’ and it works really well as the song drifts along.

It’s how Eden is rolling on this record veering between slightly chilled off kilter rock n roll al a Keith Richards and some straight-ahead rock n roll mixing some seventies beat combos on the slower more dreamy numbers Eden reminds me of Scott Weiland when he sings with hushed tones which is what might have drawn Slash to Edens door many moons ago.

The album closes on the ballad that is ‘Wish’ and a fine full stop it is too. If you want to rediscover the fine vocals of Marc Eden or just looking for a record that oozes Rock n Roll and all its purest components then dive in, this album will satisfy all your needs and cravings. Marc Eden take a bow son you’ve delivered what the kids call a fuckin’ banger. As this journeys through your creative mind meanders like a river sometimes fast, sometimes slow, never predictable but always moving forward and often fascinating. Do you want my advice? Buy it!

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