Album Review: Cook Strummer’s ‘The Fall’

By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night Manchester

Album Review: Cook Strummer THE FALLReleased on LOK Recordings 22nd July 2018

I have this love/hate relationship with music sometimes, hate that somehow I’ve missed out on a whole movement of artists because they are not widely played on our radios and love when I eventually find them through some accidental means, whether it be a personal recommendation or as in this case, a review of their work.

Cook Strummer is a case in point, and having heard absolutely nothing from him in the past, I listened to ‘The Fall’ with virgin ears and no expectations. This is an album you listen to. It is not a light or flimsy effort to fill space and time, no, it is emotional, hypnotic and bares its soul from beginning to end. It reaches out and slaps you hard and then runs off begging you to chase it. I found myself entranced by its beats, its longing, its heartbreak but mostly by its desperation to be noticed. It reeled me in without bait and I sat listening over and over, finding new rhythms and words, each one there for a purpose, each one there to slap you again. It is diverse and in some instances, harrowing but it is worth every second of your devotion to it and thank heavens I have now found Cook Strummer, an artist who has taken some of that silence away.

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Composed, written and produced by Maxime Donnet
Recorded and Mixed by Mario Engelter at Studio K61 Berlin
Mastered by Sasse Lindblad at BlackHead Studios

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