BRITISH TRIO DELIVER HEARTWARMING CAREER-BEST ALBUM WITH ADDED SAX APPEAL
1 THE DARK
It’s been four years since the release of The Xcerts’ third album, there Is Only you. In the interim, the first singles from Hold On to your Heart suggested that they’ve been existing on a wholesome diet of Bruce Springsteen, Rick Springfield and Tom Petty. this opening track, however, is a simple piano-led ditty.
Pow! Now we’re cooking. This second single is an assured sub-three-minute slab of big-arsed rock.
3 FEELS LIKE FALLING IN LOVE
Here we have the hallmarks of an ’80s pop-rock classic.you can almost feel your shoulder pads getting bigger as the stadium-sized chorus kicks in.
4 FIRST KISS FEELING
Propped up by a riff worthy of Dunfermline rockers Big Country, frontman Murray Macleod sings of sleeplessness and heartache.
The title is something of a misnomer; this song is hardly writing its name on the wall with its own dirt, but is, in fact, an infectious slice of massive, synth-tinged pop-rock.
6 HOLD ON TO YOUR HEART
Hey, everyone, the soundtrack to an ’80s Hollywood love story is missing its pivotal song! Oh, hang on. Here it is.
7 DRIVE ME WILD
A blast of saxophone courtesy of Black Peaks’ Will Gardner fuels this Springsteen-esque anthem. We can picture the sea of flags when Murray inevitably books himself a homecoming show at Pittodrie Stadium.
8 WE ARE GONNA LIVE
Does anyone from Hollywood read these reviews? Seriously, use this album to soundtrack your next film about love, redemption and running around in the rain.
9 SHOW ME BEAUTIFUL
If this album was a gearbox, this song softly shifts from third into second and becomes a blubbering mess at the traffic lights.
‘Heaven called and said there’s room for two,’ sings Murray on this unhurried closer. It’s a touching tribute to lost loved ones, and ends this fantastic album in beautiful, understated style.