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Archer, Reuben - 2013 Reuben Archer's Personal Sin

ARTIST: Archer, Reuben
ALBUM: Reuben Archer's Personal Sin
LABEL: Toxic Arrow Records
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Toxic Arrow Media


LINEUP: Reuben Archer - vocals * Rob Wolverson - lead guitar, backing vocals, production

Guests: Rocky Newton, Dave Meniketti, Harry James, John 'Rhino' Edwards, Kevin Riddles, Derek Holt, Steve Holbrook, Luke Morley, Paul Quinn, Neil Murray, Paul Raymond

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bulletproof * 02 Play My Rock 'n' Roll * 03 Personal Sin * 04 Lately * 05 Time on My Hands * 06 Desperation Train * 07 TV Junkie * 08 Ace Caf‚ * 09 Spanish Nights * 10 Reuben's Blues * 11 Shakin' All Over * 12 Like A Clown * 13 Sooner Or Later



The name Reuben Archer should be familiar to most of you.. right? Here's hoping that bands such as Wild Horses, Lautrec and Stampede remain embedded in your grey matter from years gone by. In fact, should you be a regular reader of this website, then articles on Stampede and the Paul Raymond Project have a close musical fly-by to the material found on Reuben's solo album 'Reuben Archer's Personal Sin' (for its full title). Mainly because he's played on both of them. Reuben and his young Stampede cohort and producer Rob Wolverson handle most of the chores here, but there is a great line-up of guests ranging from Y&T's Dave Meniketti, former Whitesnake bass man Neil Murray, UFO's Paul Raymond, plus Thunder's Luke Morley and Harry James among others. Musically, 'Reuben Archer's Personal Sin' is a tight but raucous set, ingrained in the 80's style, and more than taking a few pages from his recent Stampede experiences. Embellished by the hot guest-list, this is surely a CD worth taking for a spin.

The Songs
With years of experience behind him, Reuben can take his material in any number of directions. Assisted by Wolverson who it seems is proving an invaluable ally, there's a mixture of hard rock, blues, ballads and even stuff bordering on metal! 'Bulletproof' kicks things off with an itchy trigger finger. Compared to the material to come, this track is melodic and 'rocker-friendly'. 'Play My Rock N Roll' has a bedrock of granite-like guitar riffs, slightly distorted vocals on the verses, and overall is as tough as old boots, even metal like! Mama never had it so bad! Check out the video of this one below. The title track 'Personal Sin' features Dave Meniketti, Harry James and Rhino Edwards. The title refers to the addictive nature of rock n roll, and no matter how many years pass you by, it still consumes you. Reuben says rock n roll is an integral part of his life, and is in effect, his personal sin. 'Lately' is fantastic boogie/blues with definite changes between verses, bridges and choruses. I can detect some early Point Blank in here, no doubt other listeners will pick up their own references. The jazz club styled ballad 'Time On My Hands' reminds me of some old Robbie Robertson songs from the 80's. This one is kinda cool and very laid back. 'Desperation Train' is the first of Reuben's exclusive blues tracks. The mournful harmonica brings on a vision of a Hobo jumping trains as he travels from place to place.

'TV Junkie' picks up the tempo somewhat. I can see the Remote Control getting a thumb and four-finger workout while listening to this! Seriously though, the lyrics are so appropriate for this day and age. Fast food, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle etc. Next we get a biker song. 'Ace Cafe' could be a transplanted Steppenwolf for the 21st Century, where chugging guitars amid the oil and exhaust fumes makes for a perfect mix. The grande entrance to 'Spanish Nights' will have you reaching for your flamenco guitar in next to no time. With all the Spanish references thrown in, perhaps Reuben should think about going over to the Costa Del Sol to play a few gigs to all the resident Ex-Pats! Next, we have another blues track. The title says it all.. 'Reubens Blues' which plays all around the blues and R&B genre, whether it's the traditional 4/4 time signature or something different. Rumbling drums and fiery guitars are part and parcel of 'Shakin' All Over'. So too the slightly distorted vocals and overdubs adding a 'looking for trouble late at night' type of backdrop. 'Like A Clown' is one of my favourite tracks mainly because it's so different. It's too intelligent to be lumped into the standard hard rock corral, and at 8 plus minutes it deserves kudos from start to finish. Closing with 'Sooner Or Later', this one moves with aggression; pumping bass, tub-thumping drums and some tough gang-chants on the chorus. It sounds like a metal tune, and it probably deserves to be so!

In Summary
So there you have it. A full album, no scrimping on quality nor quantity. It sounds as if there were a quite a few songs on offer, which suggests that there maybe more lying around in unfinished form; either on scraps of paper or discarded beer-coasters! The pairing of Reuben and Rob Wolverson could turn into something special, and with Stampede still there or thereabouts, we could be treated to another musical offering in the future. This album is all about 'personal sin', and seeing as we're all a bunch of sinners here (literally), you'll be in good company once you slap in the earplugs or the headphones and get rockin' to this enjoyable set. Release date 19 August. See the links for more details.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 14 2013 22:14:38
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#2 | gdazegod on August 14 2013 22:16:15
The cover for this album is really cool. I have a 3000 pixel version of it, the snake and apple of course is the Garden of Eden thing. But the mottled effect of the entire graphic gives it a really neat effect. One for the art students!
#3 | gdazegod on August 14 2013 22:38:03
Great video! Mama chaarging around with a knife and axe! All in the name of rock n roll.
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