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Damn the Breaks


Artist: Peter Cox
Label: Blueprint Recording
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 December 2013

Peter Cox, who was originally the front man for Go West, releases his sixth solo album. Damn the Brakes is a blend of self-penned blues rock tracks spiced with some rock classics including Cox's interpretation of Lenny Kravitz's 'It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over' and Thin Lizzy's 'Still in Love With You'.

Peter Cox shows no sign of slowing down, or falling out of step with fashion - his music still has its finger on the pulse. This is an album that you'll instantly fall in love with and play over and over again... Then, in years to come, you'll still dig out and rediscover it all over again.

Cox's voice is instantly recognisable, yet incredibly versatile. He takes Lenny Kravitz's 'It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over' and Thin Lizzy's 'Still in Love With You', and makes them his own. In fact, and I know I'm going to be shot for this, but I actually preferred Cox's take on both of these tracks over the originals.

The album opens with the strong rock track 'Stilettos' which starts the collection with a bang. This is followed by the slow, soulful 'Rainbow Weather', which eases things down a notch. 'Tough It Out' reminded me of a slower version of A-Ha's 'Touchy' (1988).

Over Damn the Breaks's 11 tracks (41 mins), Cox visits blues, Americana, soul and rock and it's a mix that works incredibly well. I was so impressed with this release, that not only did I dig out my old Go West albums, but I'll also be ordering his previous five solo albums through iTunes.


Nick Smithson

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