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Marseille - 2010 Unfinished Business

ARTIST: Marseille
ALBUM: Unfinished Business
LABEL: Gas Station Music
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Nigel Roberts


LINEUP: Neil Buchanan - guitars * Andy Charters - guitars * Nigel Roberts - vocals * Gareth Webb - drums * Lee Andrews - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Unfinished Business * 02 I Believe * 03 Rock Radio * 04 Wanna Get High * 05 Lost * 06 Blown It * 07 Raise Hell * 08 Everyone Dies Young * 09 In For The Kill * 10 The Game



This lot are about as French as most of the players signed up to play for French super 15 rugby side Toulon. That is, there's not a drop of beaujolais to be found running through their veins. Instead, this 'Marseille' are as synonmous to Britain as bangers and mash, with a sound that still manages to raise up the ghosts of NWOBHM, albeit with that popular industry pigeon-holing phrase: 'classic rock' thrown in for good measure. Back in 2009, Marseille teased their longtime fans with a short EP called 'Fourplay', but are now back in the real business with a full length CD entitled 'Unfinished Business'. It would seem that with all the past turmoil this band has endured, that they could have at least let bygones be bygones. But there is a real sense of purpose to deliver more, that it becomes a kind of redemption for Marseille, and that they are not just a band to occupy the history book of British hard rock circa 1979-1981.

The Songs
The two mainstays of the band are guitarists Neil Buchanan and Andy Charters. They are joined by Roberts, Webb and Andrews, but in reality this quintet have been stable for a little while now, and have reignited the fires and energy that this band used to have way back in the NWOBHM era. These days, Marseille equate easily to a melting pot that includes AC/DC, Slade and Aerosmith, so it's easy to depict a two-part guitar backline thrashing out hard rock with a blues twinge. You get that impression early on with the title track 'Unfinished Business', a belter of an opener, and from there, Marseille up the ante even more. 'I Believe' features anthemic qualities, booming drums and chant-a-long choruses that could be belted out by the Kop faithful - wondering when Liverpool's next piece of silverware is going to come from, not withstanding that Liverpool was the original town of the band members. 'Rock Radio' is the band's obvious commercial choice, and has qualities that would've sounded appropriate back on 80's radio, not so the crap situation that is radio circa 2010. 'Wanna Get High' sees Marseille put the pedal to the metal, a high-octane number played at a good clip. 'Lost' is the first ballad, but it's still fairly hefty combining a commercial angle too. 'Blown It' is more of that early 80's sound, a time-warp three decades old but you wouldn't think it listening to this. 'Everyone Dies Young' presents a slightly different approach, close to a hard rock/power pop crossover. If this was played in 1979, we would be none this wiser. 'Raise Hell' and 'In For The Kill' are both AC/DC styled riffarama, high on energy and a full beefy sound. The band finish up with 'The Game' which has doses of Foghat's style of blues and hard rock.

In Summary
There's no surprises with Marseille circa 2010. It's solid good time rock n roll that'll go down well in the bars and clubs. Buchanan has been busy over the years with his TV show 'Art Attack', but whether or not he has converted many of them to Marseille remains to be seen. Certainly his Facebook has been a flurry of activity. Marseille have a full book of shows throughout the UK right up till early December. If you get the chance, pop out and see them live.

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#1 | sabace on May 18 2012 19:25:16
I have'nt heard this . I have touch the night and marseille lps and they are excellent! in particular touch the night, one of the best british hard rock lps, sounds like yandt meets ufo!
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