The Quireboys - Beautiful Curse

The Quireboys Beautiful Curse cover
The Quireboys
Beautiful Curse
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
2013
7
The Quireboys, have been around, for almost 3 decades, and have come out with a number of fanciful albums thriving on their own brandy of gypsy rock ‘n roll. Roll around album number hell is it 7 or is it 11? Depends on which way you look at it, counting or discarding the various live albums and odds and sods! Hehe! Nah, it’s really the band’s seventh studio album and the band has chosen to work with Chris Tsangarides, famous for his time behind the console with such heavyweights as Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath among others... he’s done a fairly respectable job here, offering the band a rather dry and clean production that fits their style nicely. A bit fuller drum sound wouldn’t hurt, but then again, it might have been a matter of time or budget I guess? Or it could have been a preference?! Who knows. There are 12 songs on “Beautiful Curse”, that tread more on the rock ‘n roll side of things without raising the tempo too much, but rather playing the attitude card and going for the charm factor... and they sort of succeed in making one shake his or her voodoo bones. Speaking of which, the whole album’s adorned in some pretty neat “Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead” Graphics... too bad it’s only a 2 ply booklet though.
 
Lead single “Too Much of a Good Thing” is a straight ahead rocker that hits the nail in the head, simple riff, classic rock ‘n roll – good time song.
 
Chain Smokin’” has a nastier honky tonk tone and a fitting sultry guitar lick and Spike just slyly hisses like a snake ready to bite and exert its poison, only he seems to do so in the form of whisky soaked vocals.
 
“Talk of the Town” is a bittersweet semi-dramatic piece of a ballad, but it’s quite up-tempo, quite a peculiar number in fact.
 
“Mother Mary” is a more straight ahead ballad, as one would expect it, with an almost gospel feel to it.
 
“King of Fools” is another classic rock ‘n roller with honky tonks and all and it’s grand.
 
“Homewreckers and Heartbreakers” follows suit with even more swagger and even has some southern blues thrown in for good measure. Genial!
 
“Diamonds and Dirty Stones” continues the row of awesomeness with another winner of a song. This has an almost poppy ZZ-Top air about it, but it still fu$#in rules!
 
“Beautiful Curse” the albums namesake is a somewhat silly, but otherwise nice melodic happy uplifting song…
 
“Don’t Fight It” is a very nice timid un-breakup ballad. It starts up with some piano sweeps and then the guitars come in and it all comes together.
 
“For Crying Out Loud” is a brassy and loud JLLewis type of rock n roller... that’s lots of fun as you can imagine!
 
“Twenty Seven Years” is possibly about both a relationship but it could also be about the band... autobiographic. You can hear the sorrow in the voice, the bittersweet sentiment in every word that’s hanging from Spike’s lips...
 
“I Died Laughing” is the final song on the album and it ain’t that much happier… it’s I suppose hysterically ironic... in a way... again very bittersweet vocals and very weird atmosphere... ha.
 
Well, the crown princes of gypsy rock and as far as I know, probably only contenders to the title, are back with a pretty damn good album. While the drum sound could be a little better, once you get past a few songs, you sort of get used to it, so it’s not such a terrible thing... after all I guess.