Revival

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  • Summary: Jim Heath & co. return for an eighth album of rockabilly tunes.

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Roll Alabama
When the Alabamas keel was laid roll alabama roll she was laid in the yard of johnathon laird oh roll alabama roll she was laid in the yard of... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The record is littered with highlights.
  2. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    If you like your rock with sawdust on the floor and blood in its mouth, this is as good as it gets. [14 Aug 2004, p.49]
  3. If you're looking for some red-hot rockabilly, the Rev is still your man, but Revival shows off some unexpected sides of his personality, and the changeup makes for some refreshing listening.
  4. Q Magazine
    70
    Heath's high-octane hoedown riffs achieve the expected levels of raucousness. [Oct 2004, p.129]
  5. It's a stronger album that those from Heat's Interscope period, and while songs like "Party Mad" and "If It Ain't Got Rhythm" no longer sound new, they do have their own rewards.
  6. Revival is a good album, and I don’t intend to imply that some of the slower tunes or more laid-back lyrics are simple throwaways, it’s just that this is definitely a change of direction for a band that has followed a relatively clear path for such a long time.
  7. It's the first record that, overall, feels serious.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MichaelT
    Dec 2, 2004
    7
    The sounds that the Rev. and the boys make are always best experienced live. That being said, this is still a very good record with a couple The sounds that the Rev. and the boys make are always best experienced live. That being said, this is still a very good record with a couple of changes of pace going for it. If I had to choose between this and the concert DVD, I'd take the DVD but for fans of the band, this is a strong, workmanlike effort. Expand