Reverend and the Makers: ‘Death of a King’ review – a record that never stands still

Reverend and the Makers sixth studio album ‘Death of a King’ is a highly ambitious record that draws on a huge amount of different influences to create record that never stands still.

The opening ‘Miss Haversham’ is a blues inspired acoustic that sounds from the same mould of the single ‘Too Tough To Die’.

However at that point the band pull the rug from underneath you by following up with the glam rock inspired ‘Auld Reekie Blues’ and from there it just keeps leaping styles and influences.

‘Bang Seray’ infuses sounds of the orient into a more industrial indie sound, ‘Boomerang’ gives a nod to Damon Albarn’s work with the Gorrilaz, ‘Carlene’ is a one minute dive into ragtime.

‘Black Cat’ is a slice of psychedelia that would not sound of place on a Coral album, while ‘Autumn Leaves’ is an obvious nod to their fellow Sheffielders the Arctic Monkeys.

However they leave the best till last with ‘Black Flowers’ where Laura McClure channels Portishead’s Beth Gibbons before it explodes into a thumping Stone Roses style solo.

My only criticism is that whilst all of the genre hopping is excellently done; combined with the relatively short run times (all but the two tracks are below 3 minutes) the album has a slightly breathless feel and a little more indulgence would have been welcome.

By Ruairi Walsh