Review: Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock and Roll
With the powerful vocal performance of Eric Nally that carries a constant similarity to the magnificent vocals of Freddie Mercury present throughout the album, this sense of grandness is ever present, so it brings a touch of glamour to even the roughest moments of the album, such as the Led Zeppelin-esque The Temple with Loren Turner's guitar skills carrying the bluesy swagger of Jimmy Page. Even when this glamorous hard rock touch is less present, there are tracks like the soothing Forever Together a beautiful acoustic-lead which carries much more of an emotional touch and the soulful ballad Freedom.
So, this album is essentially paradise for lovers of classic swaggering and soulful rock and roll that has no nonsense and plenty of soul. As well as revealing the powerful performance from all of Foxy Shazam, it also reveals just how talented and slick a producer Justin Hawkins can be, which I'll admit, I wasn't expecting. This album is in fact a very beautiful display of rock and roll that carries a lot of power and heart and if it's a new religion they're looking to start, well, preach away Reverend Nally.
Foxy Shazam's The Church of Rock and Roll is out now via I.R.S. Records.