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Breed 77 - In My Blood

Breed 77, In My Blood

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

BREED 77 continue to be hailed as a rock act that likes to do things differently. After their opening slot performance at this year’s’ Download Festival, for example, they were described by many as one of Britain’s best original rock acts.

That’s not to say their sound is amazingly innovative – far from it. It’s just that by mixing it up a little and drawing on Latin influences, they cannot be easily pigeon-holed as the latest Pearl Jam or Metallica wanabes.

Their latest album, In My Blood, is a prime example of how they mix up their sound to create something that retains an element of freshness. It’s produced by Ron Saint-Germain (Tool, Soundgarden) and could well surpass the success of 2004’s Cultura, which sold in excess of 30,000 copies.

Tracks to look out for, therefore, include the brooding slow-burner, Empty Words, which unfolds on an epic scale to rival the intensity of Pearl Jam or Audioslave, or the Latino-tinged Viento De Levante, which kicks off with some really great rolling guitar licks and a sweaty intensity that’s rooted in South American culture.

Remember That Day is another impressive power anthem that puts an intense acoustic guitar riff to the foreground rather than the usual crunching guitars (which only really get unleashed during the chorus). It equates to a heady mix that’s both inspiring and noteworthy.

The obligatory slow track, Look At Me Now, is just as impressive, constructed around piano chords early on and some aching lyrics (“I was trying to be someone, now I’m someone I never meant to be”).

Elsewhere, Libertad drops in an extended guitar solo to rival the scope of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ November Rain, while album closer, Tears asks some emotive questions about the folly of war (“how can we live with all this hate? How can we say that things are not insane? We don’t need a pointless war”) that’s co-delivered by a children’s chorus. It’s an impressive end to an already impressive album.

Track listing:

  1. Petroleo (You Will Be King)
  2. Empty Words
  3. Viento De Levante
  4. Blind
  5. Remember That Day
  6. Look At Me Now
  7. So You Know
  8. The Game
  9. Alive
  10. Libertad
  11. Tears

  1. Couldn’t put it better myself! Brilliant album!

    kaz    Jul 8    #
  2. Amen with that. Breed are a special band, and this will be a very successful record.

    Violet Casselden    Jul 8    #
  3. At last! an album worthy of comparison to some of the greats. Definitely worth buying.

    JohnE    Jul 11    #
  4. There is also a bonus track (Someone Tell Me), available for free download at http://www.inmyblood.co.uk/

    Darhazer    Sep 8    #
  5. Ab fab. I agree one hundred percent. I’m actually listening to the album now. The Game, Libertad, Look At Me Now, Viento De Levante, Empty Words… Heck, the whole album kicks butt! You cannot deny the awesomeness of this album.

    And yes, it’s actually better than Cultura. I didn’t think that was possible. I loved that one…

    Jae Bunting    Sep 16    #
  6. I couldn’t agree more. This album is absolutely fantastic. I love Breed 77 and I hope this album is successful for them.

    Emily    Sep 17    #
  7. Breed 77 are definitely a special band! Their unique sound will rock on thru the ages, In My Blood is definitely worth buying… Cultura is highly recommended too! In fact, go out and get the whole Breed 77 discography!!!

    sadistic mani    Sep 18    #