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THE BLIZZARDS Domino Effect Island (2009)

The Blizzards

Formed in 2004, The Blizzards hail from Ireland and are regular performers at the Oxegen Festival. 'Domino Effect' is their second album and peaked at number two in the Irish Charts when it was released last year. (in case you were wondering, it was kept off the top spot by Metallica's 'Death Magnetic')

The album opens up with the previously released debut single 'Buy It Sell It'. A guitar-pop driven number that is reminiscent of The Wombats. Follow up single 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor' doesn't stray too far from that pattern and features a sing along chorus, that wouldn't sound out of place on a Scouting For Girls album.

The Blizzards are more than just a one trick pony however as heard on 'The Reason'. A rockier number, where frontman Niall Breslin makes full use of his strong vocals before the band break into a crescendo of a chorus.

Just when you think you're starting to figure these boys out, 'Postcards' shows us a rare tender moment. A heartfelt 80's tinged affair, suggesting The Blizzards are more than capable of poignant mature moments.

Elsewhere on the album, title track 'The Domino Effect' is a raucous disco pop number in the style of The Zutons or Reverend & the Makers. Very catchy with a great chorus. If you are a fan of the aforementioned bands, as well as bands like The Automatic and The Kaiser Chiefs, then you should check this album out.


Review by Darren Coomber

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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