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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

Alberta Cross
The Thief & The Heartbreaker

It always warms my heart to hear bands like the up and coming Alberta Cross.  Birthed in the East End of London, this young 4-piece band incorporate a genuine Americana blues sound bathed in the rock ‘n roll that those late ‘60s and early ‘70s aficionados find so dear.

On their 7-track EP of strong songs called The Thief & The Heartbreaker, there is ample display of music that have early rock influences like the country/gospel/blues often heard from The Band.  For proof, listen to “I’ve Known for Long,” although the soulful opener title track is an undeniably effective introduction to the band.  Several years ago, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made a similar album of excellence with Howl.

Alberta Cross admits to being influenced early in life by albums from The Band, Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen, and certainly those bleed through.  And for a whole lot of us older soul-seekers looking for a jack to plug into that will allow us sync with the younger music scene, bands like Alberta Cross provide the conduit that connects us.  Decades blur away and we once again can feel like this music belongs to everyone; we all relate, young and old.

Geffen Records knocks one out of the park with the signing of this band.  Alberta Cross and their intro EP splash big, rewarding promise to music fans everywhere.  Enjoy with confidence.

Release Date: September 11, 2007
Produced by: Alberta Cross

Format: CD/EP

Track Listing:

The Thief & The Heartbreaker / Lucy Rider / Hard Breaks / Low Man / I've Known For Long / Old Man Chicago / The Devil's All You Ever Had.

Alberta Cross:

Petter Ericson Stake - Vocals
Terry Wolfers - Guitar
John Alexander Ericson - Organ
Seb Sternberg - Drums.

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