07 Aug 2015
Fred Abbott Big Issue review

Recorded before Noah and the Whale announced their split earlier this year, this impressive solo debut from the group’s guitarist Fred Abbott features guest turns from three of his former bandmates. The sense of harmonious camaraderie extends to the music, which takes its cue from Bruce Springsteen in his blue collar classic rock pomp. “Staring up at the stars on Sunset Boulevard,” sings Abbott over choppy guitar on Hollywood. Elsewhere, the macho posturing of Learn About Love drips with testosterone, while Awake and anthemic blues jam Honey will appeal to fans of Tom Petty and Bob Seger.

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