ALBUM REVIEW: Rival Sons – ‘Great Western Valkyrie’


American rock band, Rival Sons from Long Beach (California) released their fourth album, ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ in June and what can I say? It’s absolutely jam packed with the old school rock ‘n’ roll sound mixed with blues and 70’s hard rock.

Opening the album, ‘Electric Man’ starts it off in full swing. This song is melodic, memorable and mesmerizing – so much that it makes me want to get up and strut my stuff. Jay Buchanan (vocalist) is known to sing from the heart and you can tell he does this and more in their latest album. He’s got an exceptional vocal range, so much that you could easily mistake them for being a classic rock band from the 70’s. Rival Sons have also created some down tempo heartfelt songs such as ‘Good Things’ and ‘Belle Star’. These are completely different to the fast paced riffs of the earlier songs on the album and are easy to listen to.

One of my favourites from the album is ‘Where I’ve Been’. It’s one of the most mellow tracks on the album. The instruments compliment Jay’s vocals, the tone of his voice sends shivers done my spine but it is downright beautiful in every way. The album throughout is a massive triumph for Rival Sons, with the most memorable being ‘Electric Man’, ‘Play The Fool’ and ‘Rick & The Poor’.

For Fans Of: Led Zeppelin, The Answer, Black Spiders

If you like what you read, ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ is available now to purchase from iTunes, Amazon & Spotify. Also, Rival Sons are heading on a UK tour in December. Tour dates are below!


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8th  – Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

9th – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

10th – The Forum, London

11th – Ritz, Manchester

13th – Leadmill, Sheffield

14th – ABC, Glasgow

15th – Academy, Newcastle

16th – UEA, Norwich


 Written by Nikki Limbrick.