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CD REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – Aurora

| 16 August 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – Aurora
Independent
July 2017
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8 ½ /10

The Dirty Earth’s (relatively) new singer, Tenille Rogers, takes the retro rock bull by the horns on Aurora, delivering a series of epic performances that will remind astute blues rockin’ listeners of the likes of Blues Pills.

The band are as assured and muscular as they’ve been through their previous two albums, Autonomic and Ascendency (see a trend in there?), and if anything, Rogers has only inspired better, more memorable songwriting.

Cheating Heart is a pace changing megabeast of a track, Rogers singing her lungs out. Shout churns and grinds like crazy, a kind of early Sabbath/early Crue hybrid, whilst the regret-laden Coming Home invokes thoughts of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘60s psych trip.

Mother Asteroid is a heavy, slow burning stoner groove, but Itch sounds like a cover of a bad Anvil track. Lyrically and musically it’s beneath them, but redemption comes with the tender reminiscing of a lost loved one, the beautiful closer One Last Kiss.

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