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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Pandemic Can't Stop The Music: The Alarm, Ally Venable, Strawbs

Fans of rising and established artists all have something to celebrate thanks to a trio of amazing studio albums released on Feb. 26, 2021

Artist: The Alarm
Title: WAЯ (InGrooves)
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Tell me more: Written, recorded and released between Jan. 6 and Feb. 26, 2021, the Alarm's newly-released WAЯ is a potent effort that proves that even during a deadly global pandemic great artists will rise to the occasion. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike Peters and company (keyboardist Jules Peters, drummer Steve 'Smiley' Barnard, multi-instrumentalist James Stevenson) along with producer George Williams have delivered an album of palpable power and relevance in tune with our troubled times. This is an album that roars, documenting an uncertain era with a fiery and authentic approach; the soaring sonicsphere is matched by Mike Peter's hard-hitting lyrics. The blistering "Protect And Survive," edgy "We Got This" (bolstered by Mike Peters' blasting harmonica work), the atmospheric "Tribes [Stop The War]," beautiful folk rocker "Still Unsafe," electronica-tinged rocker "Warriors" and spirited "Fail" are among the amazing cuts on the masterwork. The aptly-titled WAЯ (which is "RAW" spelled backwards) is a true return to form for the Alarm, all the more impressive given its creation and release took a mere 50 days during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information: