Billy Miles Brooke “All Dressed Up… and Nowhere to Go”

billymilesbrookeAfter reviewing 80s Sunset Strip band TRAGIC ROMANCE’s CD a couple of weeks ago, it appears as logical to talk about this album as Billy Miles Brooke was actually their singer. This is not a new release, it’s actually from 2008, but the fact is that this record obviously didn’t receive the attention/promo it deserved, so it’s never too late to give these 10 songs a second birth…
From opening song “Queen Of The Stardust Ball”, you can feel that Billy probably owns more than a couple of STONES and FACES records. The guitars and piano also make the comparison with The QUIREBOYS and early BLACK CROWES as obvious. Billy’s vocals stay on the glammy side, evoking BOWIE and BOLAN at times.
Songs like “The Lights On Lonely Blvd.” even have a bit of CULT thrown into them while “Tears and Wine” or “Midnight Rain” are the kind of slide guitar oriented ballads The ROLLING STONES could have written.
There’s some great catchy songs on this album: “All Wound Up”, “Around The World”, “Tearin’ Up The Town” or “Moonlight Boogie”, and that’s just another reason for every rocker into this kind of 70s rock’n’roll to check this album out!/Laurent C.