Monday, May 25, 2009

Classic thirty three - Replenish revisited


THERE can be few debut albums as perfect a mission statement as Reef's Replenish.
Arguably unbeaten by the South Western rockers throughout the rest of their career, their 1995 album is a brilliant collection of bluesy rock showcasing both guitarist Kenwyn House's oh-so-cool riffing and Gary Stringer's distinctive vocal approach.
Recorded in a simple, stripped-down way, what really stands the test of time here is the album's honesty - what you hear is band really in their groove, whether pedal to floor on tracks like Feed Me or on sultry numbers like Repulsive.
Setting the template which led to the group's later commercial successes, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of Replenish, place your hands on a copy and let it fill your speakers as soon as possible.

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