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Review: '39TH & THE NORTONS'
'The Dreamers'   

-  Label: 'Stolen Body'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '3rd November 2017'

Our Rating:
This is the once bedroom solo project of the prolific Nick Wheeldon, leader of the amazing Os Noctambulos. This project has now morphed into a five piece psychedelic folk group for the follow up to 2012's "On Trial".

That album garnered rave reviews for its take on Dylan's thin wild mercury sound. Described as swimming in the Cosmic America Music of the late sixties the first thing that strikes me about this album is how British sounding it is. More akin to Gerry and the Pacemakers or even Richard Hawley than to Gram Parsons and I mean no disrespect when I say that.

Sure it sounds American but with a feel of Big Beat ballad-esque pop music about the fringes. This may be in part due to the massive amounts of reverb everything is drenched in and whilst this does authenticate the sound it does seem a bit excessive at times. This is , however, a minor criticism because once you take it for a few spins you realise it is a good album.

"Golden Sand" is a perfect pop song and sounds exactly like a 'golden oldie'. Another big feature of the album is the classic organ sound which permeates most if not all the tracks, as on "I Ain't Hiding" which could be an early Stones single. "Without You" is a bit more 'home on the range' and the title track even has a touch of The Doors about it. "Destroy Me" is a torch type ballad with organ leading the music again and "Deserve Each Other" mines similar territory before "Lookin' For Tears" gives us a widescreen finish.

It is a little too dated for my liking but it's still undeniable "The Dreamers" is a solid album packed full of good songs.
  author: Leo Newbiggin

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39TH & THE NORTONS - The Dreamers