Just three words will do – stonking unforgettable tunes! But more than that – the long-awaited second album, Fracture, from Mercury Prize and MOBO nominated Roller Trio was worth the wait and the band can be rightly very proud of it. The album is beautifully structured, with early tracks sounding like Roller Trio of old (cracking good tunes, lightning riffs, snappy changes of tempo, crashes and growls, that unmistakable warm sound) moving on to some more abstract pieces which have a serenity of mood and togetherness at their core that is very beautiful. The ghostly and menacing Low Tide is surely destined to be expanded into a movie soundtrack? They can slow it right down as in the pulsating, shimmering Tracer where the space allows you to savour each instrument and sound effect.
Play this album loud! And see them live, like Portico before them, they are made for large venues – we probably won’t ever again see Saturn V rocket take-offs for the moon – but Roller Trio are the next best thing for sending a shiver down your spine!
Mary James 12 January 2015