Tommy Ray! “First Hits Free”

The CRY‘s lead singer is back with a first solo album on red vinyl released by German record label GADM. Opening song “Ain’t No Use” starts with a EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS vibe before “Life Goes On” and “Good Luv – Gone South” both bring us back to The CRY‘s first album with some fine power pop and good songwriting. “Hey Susanne” brings The CLASH to mind while “Coming Back” and “Tuesday Girl” get into the 50s/60s rock’n’roll territory. The early British punk influence can also be heard in “Take A Chance”, “Trouble” (quite a catchy glam punk chorus!) and in “Voices” and its amphetamine fueled beat and snotty vocals. The British 70s pop intro of “No Better” and its LIBERTINES guitars bring more variety to the album and displays an interesting musical direction. The last song, “Bored & Young” will probably remind you of The EXPLODING HEARTS if you were into them, and would also have made a great title for this cool record.
Tommy wasn’t on the last THE CRY European tour, so let’s hope we’ll see him play this album live this year! /Laurent C.