ARTIST: THE XCERTS

TITLE: HOLD ON YOUR HEART

RATING: 8/10

LABEL: RAYGUN

Within the first few seconds of spinning this record we can already feel the dry throats, sweaty palms, and heart-wrenching chest pains from all of the raw emotional that these Aberdeen lads have poured into this record. No it is not the hard-hitting rock record we were expecting, but with the ferocious guitar riffs being replaced with giant and sonic piano filled power ballads, it seems that The Xcerts are heading off into their own world, tightly hand in hand with Meat Loaf. Yeah right, as if one of rock’s most promising bands would sell us down the river that quickly!  Daydream does exactly what it says on the bottle, cinematic extravagance is laced around anthemic choruses. There is no denying that this release will see The Xcerts shedding their old skin and reincarnating into stadium fillers. Feels Like Falling In Love is an enigmatic confessional love song that would turn even the hardest heart to crack.

“Vocalist Murray MacLeod lyrical content etches away at the realness of love in a time where you didn’t have to use your thumbs to swipe right, or slide into a digital inbox to meet the one.”

Vocalist Murray MacLeod lyrical content etches away at the realness of love in a time where you didn’t have to use your thumbs to swipe right or slide into a digital inbox to meet the one. Crazy is a burrower, a song that spews poetry, causing your deepest feelings and thoughts to conflict. The same as the record titled, Hold On To Your Heart’, causes your skin to rise, with an almost The 1975 inspired synth-laden rhythm, brimming with hope, and then the saxophone comes in. Yes, if we thought this record was going to be a classic already, The Xcerts went and added an undeniable cliche, but the perfectly brilliant sound that has cemented the likes of Celion Dion and George Michael into the pages of musical history. Overall, Hold Onto Your Heart, wasn’t the record we were expecting from The Xcerts…it is the sound of the future of British rock music.

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