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The Saw Doctors – The Further Adventures Of (Active Distribution Ltd) ****
Despite a forever-changing line-up and a new drummer who was only born in the same year that the band formed, The Saw Doctors continue to rock on with this studio album, their first in more than five years. This is music you can take your mum to see. It is gentle rock’n’roll that gets you swaying from side to side in a rhythmic mimicking of the melody. Even your mum can do it. It immediately makes me think of R.E.M. It has that same kind of pop-cum-rock feel about it. Lyrically, The Saw Doctors sing about everyday Irish life with astute observations that you can relate to even if you have never made it to the Emerald Isle.
Nigel Goodman, 53, teacher, Heaton
Antaragni – The Fire Within – Raghu Dixit (Label-Wrasse) ***
Raghu Dixit has certainly started to make his mark in the UK with his packed summer tour this year. His music, a fusion of folk and rock, is very easy on the ear. My only problem was if you listened closely, you get the feeling that you have heard one or two of the songs before. His melodies are pleasing, if not a little cliched. What counters this, however, are his lyrics, which are a mixture of Hindi, Kananada and English, creating an interesting result. Overall, this is a very comfortable and easy listen.
Dave Ayres, 32, telecom engineer, Bradford