Review: Mancunian band The Speed of Sound’s album ‘A Cornucopia: Minerva’ 

Album Review

The Speed of Sound

By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam

Review: The Speed of Sound – ‘A Cornucopia: Minerva‘  – Release date: April 26, 2024 

If you have forgotten some of the great indie names of the eighties and some of their descendants, then don’t worry,  The Speed of Sound, a Manchester UK band led by father and son are here to make you pull all those names from dusty shelves, while you keep listening to their new album ‘A Cornucopia: Minerva.’  

Actually, The Speed of Sound have a rightful claim to recall the likes of Lene Lovich, The B-52’w Buzzcocks, The Bangles and more, as the band has been around for some 35 years or so, in many ways conteporariies with quite a few of those names, 

Yet, father and son John Armstrong (guitars and vocals) and Henry Armstrong (keyboards) and their other band members, Ann-Marie Crowley (vocals and guitar), Kevin Roache (bass guitar) and John Broadhurst (drums) have forged a sound that is more than just a sum of familiar indie parts, in many ways making it their own. 

Everything here is supposed to support Crowley’s lead vocals, whereas Armstrong’s vocals have an uncanny resemblance to one Nobel prize winner who goes by as Bob D., with the band playing as tight as it could be and no frills and excesses, all based on quite strong, melodic songwriting. 

The album might go as cornucopia, and yes, there is an abundance of (musical) goodies here that deserve the term. 

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