Album review: Alberta Cross – ‘The Broken Side Of Time’ (Ark Recordings)

Freakily good alt-country rockers

Threatened by Courteeners fans, Peter Andre-loving ladies pounding at our door after a bitchy review, and the arrival of the new Mika record… NME has experienced all manner of terrifying stuff – so it takes a lot to make us jittery. But [a]Alberta Cross[/a] scare the hell out of us. In a good way. This long-awaited debut album proper from the preacher-chic-touting fivesome is an intoxicating mix of apocalyptic riffs, sob-worthy singalongs and brooding blues. However, it’s the addition of vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee that really sets us a-quiver, his soaring Jim James-meets-Perry Farrell delivery tipping these 10 tracks into intense, dramatic and at times deranged territory. Have them sectioned or make them stars? Fuck it, do both.

Camilla Pia

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