The band’s debut album has been given a glowing review by the UK’s number one country magazine, Maverick. Read the full review:
“The Brook Chivell Band must have country music burnt into their souls. Their self-titled debut album may look rather unassuming on the shelf, but dig a few tracks in and you’ll find a slick, high quality, well written, well played and well produced Nashville sound. The fact that Brook and the boys find themselves plugging their brand of country rock nearly 10,000 miles away from Music City clearly doesn’t worry them in the slightest and their music can stand its ground against any of the genre’s finest.
“Opening with the lead single, Drive On, the band hit the ground running. Immediately catchy, this foot-stomping opening track sounds like the result of an unlikely union between Keith Urban and Bryan Adams, with a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days and some excellent electric guitar work from Brook and fellow six stringer Paul Gales.
“Always You shows off Brook’s sensitive side while masterfully bringing in the soulful, soaring voice of Elise Beattie, and the two combined bring the song to an emotional peak, inspired in its vocal pairing and transcendent in its delivery.
“Drummer Ray Deegan provides the perfect backbeat in Thrills ‘N’ Spills, a boozy ode to alcohol from a band that clearly spends Saturday night seeped in sin and Sunday morning coming down, and a track that would sound far from out of place in a Dierks Bentley set list. The intriguingly titled instrumental, Baked Beans On Toast, acts as a vehicle for guest fiddle player, Lachlan Davidson, to show off his superb bluegrass chops, and provides a welcome barn-dance themed break to the album, before the band step back in front of the microphone for some classic country-pop vocal harmonies on Thank You.
“If The Brook Chivell Band never release any more music, they can stand proud knowing they’ve delivered a superb contemporary country-rock album. Combining all of the best elemenets of today’s scene while keeping a keen eye on the past, The Brook Chivell Band can easily hold its own against any of its peers. Fortunately for us, the guys are already working on a follow-up album and if this is anything to go by then they’re on to a winner.”
– Christopher Mark, Maverick Magazine.
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