This debut album is an energising follow up to 71 Sunset’s 2014 EP ‘Mule’. Recorded at Redroom Studios it was co-produced, recorded and mixed by Matt Smith. Over 13-tracks it sends listeners on an emotional trip, showcasing band frontman Darrin Floyd’s vocal prowess with ever changing moods. Dom Morris continuously drums up a storm, easing the listener into a comfort zone one minute, then unleashing chaos the next (My Gift, Sin for Sin). Guitarist David Hitchcock offers timely solos throughout the album (Without a Sound, Going Home), and with the polished allure of Elliot Pike’s basslines (Down, Devils Fever) you are also left itching to see this talent live. Evidently all competent artists, they readily complement each other as a band. ‘Bitter Earth’ delves into so many sub categories within the rock genre that it puts 71 Sunset in a good place for gaining new followers, the investment of time and money that went into the CD digipak evident. The Aztec/Mayan styled artwork by Gene Harris is also worth the mention, though there is no obvious link between it and the music. ‘Bitter Earth’ has a unique Kiwi rock sound that’s appealing and destined for success.