Classic Album Review: The Boxer Rebellion – Promises

In today editions of my CD’s collect’s reviews series, I’m going to look at the London based band called ‘The Boxer Rebellion’ and their fourth studio album ‘Promises’.

The Boxwe Rebellion







The Boxer Rebellion a four-piece indie band from London, that includes Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Australian Todd Howe (lead guitar), and Englishmen Adam Harrison (bass) and Piers Hewitt (drums); and their name was from the infamous 1898 rebellious uprising in China. This fourth studio album was released back in May of 2013 and was produced by Billy Bush who is mixer, engineer and produced with bands like Against Me!, The Subways and Muse.

My Review

This album was a heat of the moment buy back in 2013 after knowing the band name due to my former college teacher talking about them. I didn’t know what to expended due to not hearing any previous material but after listening to the first track ‘Diamonds’ I knew it was money well spend.

The feeling that this album gives off was amazing with the heavy revered guitar and great use of synth and piano in the background that give off a dreamily epic feel that nearly every song gives off. This can be shown in songs like ‘New York’ and ‘Promises’ where in the last chorus and bridges reaches dreamily epic feel and it works perfectly in my opinion. The vocal ranges of Nathan Nicholson is out of this world in the way that he hitting the note you wouldn’t even try like in songs ‘Fragile’ and ‘Take Me Back’ really make them stand out.

The whole album remains me of bands like U2, Snow Patrol, and Coldplay with the way these bands make their music big and get their point across well and The Boxer Rebellion do this very well. The theme of this album I like is about love and loss, like moving away from what you know or glowing apart from people you know for years. This can be showed in chosen song title’s like ‘Take Me back’, ‘Low’ and ‘New York’ etc or in the lyrics like in opening lines in New York which says

I don’t believe the things I say,

About us when I’m drunk,

And distance leaves a bitter taste,

When your gone when your gone,

I’m surprise this band isn’t bigger then they are because they sound could market in the pop/indie scene. The only down side is that the layout and build in some of the songs on this album are all the same but that just be their way of writing music.

Final Thoughts (8 out of 10)

I really enjoy this album a lot with the way the songs sound and feel, also with the use of reverb, piano and synth really make this album feel like an experience but with some of the build-up being the same. But it a great listen it worth checking out here a link to the album below. So let me know what you thought of the album in the comment below and also thought my twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Boxer Rebellion – Promises

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Stuart Irvine


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