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Myth of a Man


Artist: Night Beats
Label: Heavenly Recordings
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 18 January 2019

Fronted by Texan native Danny Lee Blackwell, Myth of a Man marks Night Beats's fourth studio album and their second for Heavenly Recordings. While Blackwell has always fed off the musical legacy of his Texas roots, Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Krayola, The Black Angels and more paving the way for the the napalm-coated psych-rock headtrip of past albums, Myth of a Man has him pulling from the surrogate wellspring of Nashville, Tennessee...

Listening to Night Beats new LP I was immediately drawn to the fact that they sound incredibly like The Last Shadow Puppets and Arctic Monkeys - even more so than their previous releases. There's a definite ring of Alex Turner about them. Those who loved the band's harder, grungier fuzzy guitar sound on Who Sold My Generation (2016), might be in for a bit of a shock.

Right from the first song of this 10 track (32 min, 46 sec) album, I couldn't help but get the feeling I'd heard the sound before. But then that's probably because the album is comprised of '60s-pop sounding ballads - a far cry from the band's earlier output.

It's not bad, far from it. just different. A brave move but it may just divide their fan base.


Nick Smithson

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