Who doesn’t like music from the UK? I bet all hands go up in the air. Most people can’t deny getting into an English groove from time to time and really enjoy well written and performed music from that region of the world. You know bands like: The Beatles, David Bowies, The Rolling Stones, Oasis. I could go on and on. In fact many consider the UK as the rock n’ roll Mecca. There must be something in the water because all the greatest bands in rock n’ roll history come from there. Well, keeping all this in mind this latest 12 track release from Twisted Piglet entitled “Eternity” is in itself an exceptional CD. It’s very multi-dimensional to say the least and has a feel of UK musical legend. Twisted Piglet are: Brodie Payne, Stacey Payne and Paul Reeder. The thing I found most striking about “Eternity” is it possesses an Alternative Pop Rock core accessible by all listeners — but can be appreciated by Punk and Experimental Ambient Rock fans as well. Does all of this sound a bit over the top to you? Just listen to marquee tracks like “Eternity”, “Kings and Queens” and “Life” and you’ll see my perspective. I got hooked on Twisted Piglet right away after listening to the first few moments of Track 1 “Walk on By” My favorite track however is a toss up between “Run for Your Life” and the title track. All songs provide a unique yet accessible blend of rocked out guitars, rock steady rhythms, tasty groove-ridden bass lines and infectious vocals. Indeed the Twisted Piglet sound is a testament to how they approach music, slightly eccentric, honest, impassioned and possessing that UK sound many of us adore here in the US. Their musicianship bridges a diverse audience with its distinguishing sound. Kudos goes out to the amazing vocals and superb writing style. I hate to pigeonhole but if you like Radiohead, Pixies, Eels, Robbie Williams, and even Interpol you will like the music of Twisted Piglet. While the main focus of this genre of music is generally the songwriting, that doesn’t mean that the vocals fall behind here. Here they never feel like an afterthought. Hence the vocal work really brings it all together. Twisted Piglet manages to move between the mellower sounds and the more rocking ones all the while being undeniably alt-rock-punk based. All in all it’s a powerful combination that puts a band like Twisted Piglet on the map for 2013. They should go a long way towards proving that real music is still alive and well. Eternity is one release I just can’t recommend enough.
Official Rating: 4.5/5
Eli Gattis edited by Joshua Beach
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