Album Review: Gun, "Break the Silence"

It's possibly the greatest humiliation in rock. Gun, after all the great Glaswegian rock they have produced, are still best known for covering a song by afro-buzzcut funksters Cameo. 

If being Gallus and Taking on the World mean anything, it means not settling for this.

And true to their destiny, Gun are back with their first studio album in 15 years, fully charged with the desire to rewrite the rock history books. With the legendary Dave Eringa of Manics fame at the console, part of that blistering surge you hear on big, beefy opener Butcher Man is the sound of all the stops being pulled out.

Much of the album is laced with an intriguing mix of pop-punk and Americana – for instance Lost and Found is The Byrds meets the Buzzcocks. Break the Silence may not have the unrepeatable ambition of the band's legendary debut, but with a good mix of punchy and wistful songs it's clearly an album constructed with heavy duty touring in mind.

Colin Liddell
Rock Ikon
8th October, 2012

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