Orphan Colours ‎– All On Red

At The Helm Records ‎– ATH197925
CD, Album

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1 Start Of Something
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
2 High Hopes
Producer, Mixed By – Rupert Christie
3 Goodnight California
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
4 Loving Kind
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
5 Waiting
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
6 Lonely Lately
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
7 Sun Is Rising
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
8 Renegade
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
9 Sarah
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
10 Inside Out
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott
11 Rambling Rose
Producer – Steve Llewellyn & Fred Abbott



All songs written by Steve Llewellyn

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February 22, 2018
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Orphan Colours is an unanticipated delight, floating in from the UK, and delivering a solid sound that runs the course of American alternative country, yet in the same breath, here on All On Red, is so much more … with a deep appreciation for the blues, bright guitar licks, infectious harmonious vocals and instrumentation, and it’s all backed by an unexpected vintage Hammond organ, horns, along with a relentless bass line, meaning there’s little left that listeners could wish for.

Being compared to Bruce Springsteen’s early incarnation of the E Street Band, primarily due to their live shows, leaves Orphan Colours some rather large shoes to fill, and while they may not be the reincarnation of the E Street Band, they still manage to inspire the same sort of magic that caught my attention so many years ago.

With the album title All On Red being a reference to gambling, the band’s taken a roll of the dice and come up with a house full of aces, blending the album with an intoxicating mix of uptempo and ballads that revolve around actual relationships that stumble, head off in another direction, or find that happy ever after space, and all without coming off as being overtly or overly sentimental … belaying the challenges for the lives and times in which they live.

The hand's down surprise for me was hearing the number “High Hopes” where I couldn’t help feeling that the song already lived somewhere in the back of my head, then connected the dots and realized that it walks a rather close line to the melody of “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/CD, yet making it their own, without coming off as derivative or unoriginal. When “Sun Is Shining” ebbs from your speakers, you’ll be instantly smitten with a catchy chorus line that will have you singing along before you know it, while “Loving Kind” and “Goodnight California” inspire those emotional touches of reality that give one shivers with their honesty. That being said, Orphan Colours is very much an anthem based band, a band who’s sound, that while not bigger than life, comes across as expansive and fiery.

Think of Orphan Colours as the offspring of Delaney & Bonnie, The Byrds and Tom Petty … a band who run on hot cylinders deep into the night.

Review by Jenell Kesler