ALBUM REVIEW: Black Country, New Road – For The First Time | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.02.21







One of the most anticipated debuts of the year, fortunately though For The First Time easily surpasses expectations. With a complete disregard for genre or style, Black Country, New Road have produced something truly exceptional. Opening with the excitable and sonically epic Instrumental, it sets an incredible precedent. However, their sound continues to evolve, from the coarse sounds of Sunglasses and Opus to the dream pop sensibilities of Track X.

There are blasts of intensity and discordance, but they’re mixed with gentle passages, when all of this is coupled with the brilliant observational lyrics For The First Time cannot be faulted. Black Country, New Road stand head and shoulders above so many of their peers and this record solidifies that.


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