Released by: Aaron Buchanan
Release date: 25 May 2017
Aaron Buchanan -Vocals
Laurie Buchanan – Guitar and vocals
Tom McCarthy – Guitar
Mart Trail – Bass
Paul White – Drums
01. Show Me What You Are Made Of
02. All the Things You Have Said and Done
03. Dancin’ Down Below
04. The Devil That Needs You
05. Journey Out Of Here
06. The Man With Stars On His Knees
07. A God Is No Friend
08. Left Me For Dead
09. Mind Of A Mute
This is a stunning debut album from Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics. Self-released by the British rockers, The Man with Stars on His Knees, is categorized as Alternative/ Indie. Don’t let this put you off, it is by far heavier than that, it is classic rock at its best. The Album opens with deep reverberations akin to those you would expect from Muse, although at 1:23 Show Me What You Are Made Of, isn’t quite long enough to show us exactly that. Strong guitars and drums welcome us into track two, All The Things You’ve Said And Done, which does show us what Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics are made of, and its rocking! Dancin’ Down Below is the song that, in my opinion, will get the live crowd on their feet. With a rousing chorus and a rocking beat you cannot but help to want to dance and sing along with this. You have just enough time to get your breath back before you are hit hard by another rocking tune, The Devil That Needs You, which is rapidly followed by Journey Out Of Here, which reminds me of 30 Seconds to Mars, definitely no Indie here.
The album title track, The Man With Stars on His Knees, appears halfway through the album and is also the longest track on the album. This is also the anthem on the album, with a powerful chorus performed capably by Aaron Buchanan, you can hear the Queen influences clearly in this track. A God Is No Friend, compliments the previous track with its slowed down tempo and meaningful lyrics. The pace quickly picks up again with Left Me For Dead, before the heavy beats return in Mind Of A Mute. The album finishes with Morals (unless you have the version with the unnamed bonus track) and finishes the album off nicely.
At a length of 33 minutes for the full album, this is a quick listen, but you will want to have it on repeat, for several weeks. And for those wondering about the bonus track, all I am going to say is ‘It rocks’ So go and purchase this album and ignore the Alternative/ Indie genre this has been labeled with and enjoy some great rock.
Written by: Kalli Isborne