Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – Bad Habit
Release Date: 03/04/2017
Running Time: 35:36
Review by Beth Jones
I know that this is a hotly debated topic, but I am a huge fan of ladies in rock and metal, 1. – because I love rock and metal of any kind, and 2. – because I am a lady!! Having said that, some of it can be a bit weak and whiney, however one person that couldn’t be further from that category is honorary Welsh powerhouse, Beth Blade!
Since hitting the scene a little over two years ago, Cardiff based Beth, and her ‘Beautiful Disasters’ have been making a big impression, with their debut album, “Bad Habit”, being released in April 2017. Heavily influenced by classic rockers such as KISS, AC/DC and Guns n Roses, Beth is the modern embodiment of your classic Joan Jett style Rock Chick, which for me is an instant thumbs up!
We were handed The BBATBD album at Rockwich last year (2017), and it has been on the review list ever since, and I am glad that I have finally got around to doing it – better late than never I always say! Having seen the guys live, I had very high expectations for the album and on the whole it didn’t disappoint. It is full of classic riffs, ripping vocals and face melting guitar and, as a debut album, is pretty solid. Beth has a great, powerful tone to her voice, which really sits well in their classic rock style, and is backed up competently by her merry band of musicians. The album switches between a good pacey headbanger and a slower pace ballad well, and doesn’t feel too disjointed.
Opening in classic fashion with ‘Hell Yeah’, and rocking through ‘Bad Habit’, ‘Beautiful Disease’ and ‘Down And Dirty’, the chunky guitar and solid rhythm and bass section drives the album and makes you tap your feet, nod your head and remember. One thing that I would say is this – I love a good bass sound, but in the first track the mix has the bass turned up to eleven, and I felt it might be just a touch too much. I would be interested to know if this was purposefully done like this, as the rest of the album is more well balanced. The bass player is however a giant, as illustrated in a picture of me standing next to him, with him using my head as an arm rest, which is still floating round Facebook somewhere, so maybe this has something to do with it!
That aside, after a couple of listens I was singing along to the infectious melodies and I found myself humming them round the house for a good while afterwards, which is always the mark of a good song for me.
My favourite track on the album is ‘Poster Girl For Pain’, but not necessarily for its musical qualities, more for its lyrical meanings, which I feel are very current. The song itself is almost 90s Grunge, which I know is a bit like Marmite, but I think it works – it is sleazy, melancholy and scathing, but for me it is the stand out track on the album – the raw emotion of it slaps you in the face! Hard!
The tempo of the album picks up again after this mid – session break, with ‘This Bitch Bites’, to which my answer would be, ‘Yup, judging by this I am pretty sure she does’!! Again, it is punchy, solid, classic rock which continues through to the end of the album.
By the last track I was daydreaming about being back in the late 80s/ early 90s, eating a 20p mix, nursing BMX wounds and listening to the soundtracks for ‘Bill & Ted’ and ‘Wayne’s World’ – so much so I very nearly shouted ‘PARTY ON WAYNE’ at the top of my voice. I was sat in a traffic jam at the time listening to it in my car, so it is probably a good job I supressed the urge!
But for me that sums up the feel of the album. If you liked that era and musical style then; then you are going to love this album now! It is catchy, infectious, punchy and rocky, and a very good start on the road for Beth and her Beautiful Disasters. Some of the album feels a little tentative – like they are holding back a bit, or are not completely confident that they have found their sound, but essentially, they are a very good band, and with a few little tweaks, I am sure they will be a great band. I can’t wait to see what they do next. PARTY ON BETH!!!!
01. Hell Yeah!
02. Bad Habit
03. Beautiful Disease
04. Down And Dirty
05. Poster Girl For Pain
06. This Bitch Bites
07. Hell In High Heels
08. If You’re Ready To Rock
09. Angel With A Dirty Face
10. Legends Never Die
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