The last place you’d expect The Breakers to hail from would be Copenhagen. They sound like a classic Stax soul blues rock’n’roll band schooled on Steve Marriott, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye but also a smattering of Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and The Black Crowes but they seem to be leading a Danish soul music revolution.
One of the things we love most at The Music Critic is when we hear a band who you can tell have listened to decent records and loads of groups. There’s a feel of The Stones at their Muscle Shoals, Brown Sugar and Wild Horses best. Not many people know that the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section were the first rhythm section to buy their own studio. The Breakers bassist and drummer perform excellently throughout this album. I would wager they’d have a future as session men in their own studio if they felt like putting their feet up.
The songs are all great, very well arranged, the bass and drums disciplined and the singing soulful. You’ve got the cool of The Yardbirds and the swagger of the MC5 on The Jerry Lee Symptoms and Riot Act. Tracks like Rainy Day and If You Please sounds like The Faces at their heart broken best and Soulfire sounds like the same band in party mode. Soulfire and Baby Blue stand out as great radio friendly tracks and Temptations gets an honourable mention in despatches.
This album is on Little Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool label and he produces and arranges the album too. If anyone has a decent ear for a good time rock’n’roll band then it’s him. Fantastic.
Review by Charlie Brown