THE BRIMSTONE DAYS (On A Monday To Early To Tell) CD
Grand Funk Railroad, Free, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, early Bob Seger, The Rationals and many others all jump out at me when I hear the second full-length of Swedish power trio THE BRIMSTONE DAYS. Of course these three guys couldn't hold a candle to those legendary talents, but at least they have learned their lesson well. Another positive factor is that THE BRIMSTONE DAYS have a couple of very good songs in store, though I acknowledge that this album could've been shorter because 14 tracks are just too much. After a certain period it is noticeable that they run out of sparking ideas, which leads to a sameness with regard to the tunes.
Fortunately THE BRIMSTONE DAYS all have their instruments down cold while the rough, soulful voice of guitarist HÃ¥kan gives the songs a character that is certainly appealing. That is why I don't feel the need to press the stop button after the seventh track. Added to this is a postive feeling dwelling within, which is neither artificial nor forced. Maybe this has to do with the band's preference for 1960's soul that has undoubtedly left its mark on songs as, for example, 'Confession' or 'I Need Soul'. This also explains why I mentioned Bob Seger and The Rationals at the beginning of this review.
On the bottom line, 'On A Monday To Early To Tell' is a decent album that includes a few cool songs such as 'Helping Hand', 'Give Me A Reason', 'I Need Soul' and 'Confession'. THE BRIMSTONE DAYS have enough of a good thing going here to suggest that they'd be a great live band, but unfortunately not enough to set themselves apart from the competition. Despite this, there still a great deal of potential in THE BRIMSTONE DAYS. I hope they take better advantage of this.