Last time we heard something with as much potential as Morganway's debut was the brilliant self-titled album by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals way back at the beginning of the decade. That was a brilliant album full of Americana-infused power rock and so is this.

Hard to imagine then that the band hail from East Anglia - such is their sound, we placed them firmly somewhere in the middle of a continent on the other side of the Atlantic. Formed originally as a foursome the band has since grown to its current lineup and benefits no end from the experience and talent that each member brings. Of particular note are the dual vocals provided by Callum Morgan and SJ Mortimer who offset each other with such energy and power that it creates a sound that is truly infectious. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to put them on the same standing in terms of raw talent as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Mortimer's voice in particular is one of the strongest we've heard in quite some time.

The album's second track, 'Let Me Go', sounds like something as good as anything in Fleetwood Mac's lineup with Mortimer being a shoe-in for Stevie's crown if she ever decides to pass it on. Brilliant stuff backed by a track that literally bounces with awesome guitar riffs and outstanding drum work.

And so it is through the rest of the self-titled album - every track is packed with moments that stand out and tracks that touch on almost every genre from classic rock of 'Frozen in Our Time' to the folk influences that positively emanate from 'London Life'. Behind it all is that Americana influence that often comes to the fore in tracks such as 'Hurricane'.

As the album starts to wind down we find some hidden moments of beauty - the gorgeous 'Daylight Rising' in particular allows SJ Mortimer to do something a little different and the result is something of real beauty; it feels at odds with everything else on the album and may therefore get overlooked in favour of the tracks with more go, but stick with it and you'll find it's a moment of tranquility to appreciate before the album kicks off it's final two-track encore.

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Americana-infused pop that builds on it's awesome crossover potential by delivering an impressive array of potential hit tracks


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