That’s The Bellrays – an uncompromising force, unwilling to kowtow to fads and trends, only aiming to rock and/or roll.
Opening up with the blistering title track, Black Lightning is clearly a more driving Bellrays entry than its 2008 predecessor Hard, Sweet And Sticky – but only just. Single On Top is a sexualised number that has Kekaula playing with her overpowering presence, giving a devilish grin as she caresses your… psyche. Hell On Earth takes no prisoners, burning the ozone in sub-two minutes, whilst Power To Burn takes a MOR rock stance and pumps it up with an overdriven guitar. There are moments of respite – a strings-laden Sun Comes Down shows the more overt soulful influences and actually complements On Top, the sweet with the sultry; Anymore a crooner that would be a mainstream radio mainstay if anyone cared to present it.
But that's The Bellrays – an uncompromising force, unwilling to kowtow to fads and trends, only aiming to rock and/or roll. The triptych of Living A Lie, Everybody Get Up and Close Your Eyes throw everything into overdrive; The Way eases up for a swinging slab of spirit; then MC5's Wayne Kramer joins the fray, closing out with You Took Me By Surprise. The world turns; The Bellrays rock on.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.