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Reviewed by Amanda Mills

The Bads: Losing Heroes

Reviewed by Amanda Mills

The Bads: Losing Heroes

Dianne Swann and Brett Adams are veterans of our music scene, having been involved in iconic bands When The Cat’s Away (Swann) and The Mockers (Adams) before joining forces. ‘Losing Heroes’ is their fourth album as The Bads, and a gem from start to finish, their knack for songwriting amplified by an expansive production, and confidence in the assured performances.

Swann and Adams move between indie-rock and alt-country with ease, and produce some genuinely thrilling moments on the syncopated beats of Shelter Love, and the spatial beauty of Planets, the album’s sublime, glorious Bowie-influenced moment.

A visit to (and performance in) Nashville has rubbed off on the laid-back country Spinning Wheels Turning Tides, and Calling Home, the latter’s bluesy swing to elevating it to something special. The noir-country torch song Heartbreak Beach is a highlight, with Swann’s expressive vocals swooping and soaring, while Adams’ guitar work throughout the album is typically deft, illuminating the melodies and rhythms perfectly.

More upbeat than their 2013 ‘Travel Light’ album, ‘Losing Heroes’ is bluesy, woozy, and an absolute blast. If you have yet to discover The Bads, this homage to musical heroes and friends recently lost is a fantastic place to acquaint yourself with these stellar locals.

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