Estrella - We Will Go On (Own Label)

So-so, but not unworthy of your attention...
Release Date: 
21 Jun 2015 - 11:30pm

Young Scottish hopefuls Estrella have released an album that, whilst fine for what it is, is not going to find the world beating a path to their door after listening to it. The trouble being, we are in the middle of 2015, not 1989, and, whilst it’s admirable that the band have gone for a straight-up eighties hard rock sound rather than all growing beards and pretending to be from the mid west of the US circa 1972, it’s hard to see just who will latch on to this record.

They’ve got some ambition, as evinced by the nice string section ending the otherwise straightforward romp that is Undercover Lover, and they ain’t short of a hook or two – opening track Here I Am in particular qualifies for earworm status – but overall We Will Go On is too polite, too mannered to be considered as a serious contender.

That said, there are moments to savour; This Heaven features a nice vocal from Paul Gunn, whilst lead guitarist Luke Gunn impresses throughout with some tasteful solos and general high quality lick efficiency. Second track Wheels Keep Turning – despite being a close relative of Bachman Turner Overdrive’s You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – also has a fair bit going for it.

But overall We Will Go On is just too anodyne for it's own good. The young bands having a go at eighties rock and metal that are really making waves in 2015 realise that a bit of crunch amongst the melody never goes amiss - a bit of dirt under the fingernails is nothing to be scared of - and that’s a fact that Estrella seem to have failed to grasp on WWGO. Still, they’re young, not to mention undisputably talented so it’s not too late for the band to turn things around. This is a pleasing enough effort, but there’s room for a lot of improvement. Here’s to seeing that on album number three…