Guttercats ‎– Black Sorrow

Wishing Well Rds ‎– WISHLP004
Vinyl, LP, Numbered


A1 Thorns Of Passion
A2 Consolation Wine
A3 Last Chance Loser
A4 By Your Side
A5 Bad Reflections
B1 I Wanted You
B2 Ain't It True
B3 Comin' Too Slow
B4 Try To Understand
B5 Dead Stars
B6 Black Sorrow (Acoustic)


Guttercats 2nd album LP pressing released in April 2011.
Limited edition 500 copies numbered including Insert !
#001 to #100 have 2 inserts !!!
-1st insert Photos/Lyrics
-2nd insert Promo dates Spain Tour april 2011

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December 27, 2013
GUTTERCATS Black Sorrow CD/LP by Dom Daley (UBER ROCK)
Coming out of France, and having been at this game since 2007, Guttercats are peddling a traditional brand of low slung rock and roll that sees the baton passed down the generations from the likes of Johnny Thunders and the Jacobites through The Quireboys and The Dogs D'Amour via some classic period Faces and Rolling Stones.
So we know exactly where we are with Guttercats as 'Thorns Of Passion' kicks off the 'Black Sorrow' album with a laid back piano driven tune that builds and builds towards its crescendo. It then flows seamlessly into the second offering, 'Consolation Wine', that, again, has the classic laid back storyteller vibe about it as the song unfolds. The sound is as you'd expect with electric and acoustic guitars layering a classic rock and roll bass and drums with those wandering piano fills that are so integral to the mood of the music, all played to a very high standard here.
The sound doesn't vary greatly but the songs are well produced and have a sympathetic production that has enough grit held within and also enough polish to pull off the grandness. 'Last Chance Loser' sounds loose with a very nice guitar lick and some big space-filling piano playing built around an impressive tune. 'By Your Side' in contrast is short and sweet with a neat uptempo rhythm. It's ragged and cocky sounding and one that would be great live, I especially love the loose guitar solo towards the end before the breakdown.
'Bad Reflection' has acoustic and piano accompaniment in the intro before building into a fine, fine song; it reminds me of Bowie's 'Space Oddity' but only a little, maybe it's more in spirit than a direct influence. We have a bouncing 'Ain't It True' followed by some jumbo acoustic strumming in 'I Wanted You', a time honoured acoustic driven ode to love that works really well, the guitars clanging over a sprightly drum is refreshing sounding.
'When The Blues Come' have some nice Keith Richards chord shapes to open as it gets its groove on before a middle section that builds into some nice guitar string bending duelling some sweet piano bashing before settling back into the song. The Guttercats clearly have a passion for the music and it's plain to hear that they have listened well and picked up all the necessary elements to pull this rock and roll lark off to a tee. This is an album that'll be of particular interest to fans of the bands mentioned in the intro and it won't disappoint. Sure, there are some songs stronger than others but throughout this long player there are very impressive songs, none more than 'Dead Stars' which reeks of rock 'n' roll.
Acoustic aficionados will be impressed with the title track which has all the charm of a lazy day sat in some seedy street bar in Paris sipping red wine and hearing tales of hope and despair and life and death as the world passes you by without a care as Guts Guttercat serenades you with his tales from the corner of the bar.
All in all a very decent collection of songs that can stand tall next to its peers. Très bien messieurs, j'aime votre Rock 'n' Roll, jusqu'à la prochaine fois, a bientot !