Album Review: Revelation by Reef

Posted by Bianca on Friday May 4, 2018 Under Album Review

Reviewed by Mark Loraine

This album is a real, real mixed bag. From the opening track and album title, Revelation, you would be expecting a real rock n roll hyped up ride, indeed the opening track sounds a little like an AC/DC cover. It’s not, but it certainly has strains of the aussie rockers. This is no bad thing, but it belies what else is coming on the album. You see, what follows is a fabulous blend of Rock n Roll, Blues, Southern Country Rock and indeed gospel.


It’s so mixed in fact that you would feel like you were listening to a compilation album if it wasn’t all tied together by the fabulous resonant voice of Gary Stringer. I really hadn’t listened to Reef for a very long time, in fact I don’t think I would have heard anything but their hits since their “heyday” back in the 90’s. This then meant that I was expecting something like their original stuff from back in the day. Of course this album does have some of that, but in the mix it is intrinsically a very new and refreshing sound – and I loved it.

All in all Reef have supplied us with a really eclectic mix of music, music that is new, refreshing and really rather fine, all with the echoes of past glory in its base.

If you are a Reef fan, don’t worry, buy it – you will love it. If you are not a Reef fan, or indeed don’t even know who they are (you millenials!) buy it, because this is very fine Rock n Roll music played extremely bloomin’ well!

Revelation – released 4th May 2018

Track list:

My Sweet Love (featuring Sheryl Crow)
How I Got Over
Don’t Go Changing Your Mind
Precious Metal
Just Feel Love
Ball And Chain
First Mistake
Darling Be Home Soon
Lone Rider
Like A Ship (Without A Sail)

Reef will be on tour throughout May, including the Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour with The Wildhearts and Terrorvision.

May 4th – Academy, Manchester (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 5th – Digbeth Arena, Birmingham (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 6th – Eventim Apollo, London (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 10th – Sub89, Reading
May 11th – Concorde 2, Brighton
May 12th – Waterfront, Norwich
May 18th – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
May 19th – O2 Academy, Glasgow (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 20th – O2 Academy, Newcastle (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 24th – O2 Academy, Leeds (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 25th – Motion, Bristol (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
May 26th – Guildhall, Portsmouth (Britrock Must Be Destroyed! Tour)
June 23rd – A Beautiful Day Out at Eden, Cornwall

One Response to “Album Review: Revelation by Reef”

  1. Gig Junkies » Blog Archive » Britrock Must Be Destroyed Ft. Terrorvision + Reef + The Wildhearts at O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 24th May 2018 Says:

    […] they tend to more bluesy laid back rock – great examples of which are found on the new album ‘Revelalion’. There are of course the rabble rousing songs such as ‘Place Your Hands On’ and they […]

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