MUSIC REVIEW: Reverend and the Makers - Mirrors, Cooking Vinyl Publishing, Out Now

Reverend and the Makers.
Reverend and the Makers.
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Unique album with no clear beginning, middle or end

Steel City indie-rock band Reverend and the Makers are back with their fifth album in eight years - but don’t expect a conventional listening experience.

In fact, Mirrors is an intricate fusion of 14 tracks into one mixing late-1960s Beatles folk, late-1980s Tears for Fears improvisation and mid-1990s Kula Shaker psychedelia.

Quite what actor Sean Bean, former Home Secretary David Blunkett, Chelsea and England footballer Gary Cahill and anyone else born in Sheffield would make of it is another matter.

The circus starts with Amsterdam, a track oozing with The Beatles’s Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, followed by a hard rock warning about scheming women in Black Widow.

Then comes the humourous Makin’ Babies and The Clash-esque Stuck on You before the album’s summit, The Beach and The Sea, featuring strings inspired by late, great film composer John Barry.

The Reverend himself, Jon McClure, and band also go continental and romantic with the likes of Something to Remember and My Mirror before the grand climax of Lay Me Down.

Mirrors is unlike any other album you are likely to listen to this year.

Review by Winston Brown