Reuben Archer has lived a full life from going to college in Kingston and being good buddies with Eric Clapton and Dave Brock, to fronting bands such as Lautrec, Wild Horses and Stampede and breaking a leg and pelvis whilst larking around with Bruce Dickinson prior to a performance at the Reading Festival and then leaving the business to be a very successful graphic artist all before making a return with Stampede with the very fine 'A Sudden Impulse' in 2011.
Although Archer has never become a household name in the field of rock he has however built up many a friendship with some of the biggest names from the rock scene, some of who have guested on this excellent solo album which is certain to surprise everyone on every level. It is in fact his finest piece of work to date.
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The album opens in style with the polished rocker 'Bulletproof' followed by the single 'Play My Rock 'N Roll' of which Archer recently shot a video for and is in actual fact about the most standard track on the whole album because what follows is music of pure quality and class.
'Personal Sin' has a biting riff that rocks hard with an edgy swagger and features Dave Meniketti of Y&T, Thunder's Harry James and Quo's Rhino Edwards... but wait there's more.
Time to open the bottle of red wine for the swinging blues drive of 'Lately' which once again has James on drums and Kevin Riddles on bass (yes, he of Angel Witch and Tytan).
How can one not like a tune with the lyrics of "Lately I've been thinking, Yeah I've been drinking". Yes, uncork that bottle right now.
'Time On My Hands' is another bluesy number of pure bliss and the Thunder connection continues with Luke Morley on 'Desperation Train' and this is the first class ticket that takes you all the way.
'Ace Cafe' is a rip roaring ride in tribute to the North London bikers paradise and will sure became an anthem there and also features Saxon's Paul Quinn who also turns up with Snakecharmer Neil Murray and UFO's Paul Raymond for 'Reuben's Blues (Gimme Some Time)'.
I could easily go on and write about every tune on this album, but just take my word for it, this is one of the finest albums you will hear this year.
Reuben Archer has never sounded better and full credit must go to his young protege Rob Wolverson who played guitar, wrote and produced this album along with Archer and the youngster will sure be in demand once his talents are known more widely around the industry.
It's taken Reuben Archer fifty years to finally get it right and just like himself, it is full of vintage quality.