Still deeply entrenched in their blues roots, Norfolk’s Bad Touch have released their fourth studio album, Kiss The Sky on Marshall Records, and have produced thirteen tracks of Southern rock that is not only pleasing to the ear but is possibly their best album to date.

Opening track, Come A Little Closer, is a good time rocker with its powerful riff, pounding drums, a soulful anthemic vocal and soaring backing vocals. With its brilliant slide guitar solo, it lays the path for what is to come.

Their second single, I Get High, is a definite nod to the The Black Crowes but with its great beat, catchy chorus and goose bump raising solos from vocalist Stevie Westwood, guitarists Rob Glendinning and Daniel Seekings, bassist Michael Bailey and drummer George Drewry, it has a definite groove that cannot be ignored.

Let Go has their sweet southern harmony and features a tasty bass line and prominent keyboard work from guest player Bob Fridzema who contributes throughout, before new single, Strut, a southern gospel female backed rock and roll number, features another brilliant guitar solo along with Westwood’s swaggering fast paced vocals which rounds off what must be one of the best openings to an album.

The fifth track is a cover of the song originally recorded by The Kiki Dee Band, I’ve Got The Music In Me, and is a great interpretation of the 70’s classic which is given the Bad Touch treatment with its use of a brass section and defies the listener not to sing along.

Can You Save Me is a much slower song; a power ballad that incorporates swirling keys, a solid drum beat and outstanding vocals before the simple title track Kiss The Sky finds the band rocking again with yet another scorching guitar solo. They slow things down again with acoustic ballad See You Again which showcases Bad Touch’s range with the strings adding a nice touch.

Before I Die is a lovely funky number whilst Read All About It is a more melodic rocker with Bad Touch’s classic southern rock riffs and Westwood’s smooth mesmerising vocals. Winding the album up is the country sounding Too Much Of A Good Thing with its gospel sounding backing vocals and great use of an organ, and The Sun And The Moon which finds the band in top song writing form which encompasses the Bad Touch sound, before the album is brought to a close with Something About Your Kiss with its haunting vocals.

Kiss The Sky is undoubtedly the best of Bad Touch’s work to date and sees them take a journey that enhances their individual talents but collectively they are a great band. This is a pleasing album, which is a treat for their existing fans and will no doubt capture many new ones.

Number of tracks: 13

Running time: 44:57

Released on: Marshall Records

Release date: 19th June 2020

Formats: MP3/CD/Vinyl

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Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)