THE XCERTS

BRI­TISH TRIO DE­LIVER HEART­WARM­ING CA­REER-BEST AL­BUM WITH ADDED SAX AP­PEAL

Kerrang! (UK) - - REVIEWS -

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.

2 DAYDREAM

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.

5 CRAZY

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.

10 CRY

‘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.

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