Wilt – My Medicine

Album Review by Mark Bayross

This could be the year that we see Wilt finally make an impression on the charts, given the current trend for big guitars and bigger choruses, as their second album MY MEDICINE is chock full of both.

Opening superbly with shiny new single DISTORTION, it’s anthemic choruses all the way as new guitarist Derren Dempsey makes his presence felt with that extra lift only six strings can provide. Every song on MY MEDICINE sees guitars colliding in sheets of explosive noise, sometimes almost from the word go, but never at the expense of melody.

The production (courtesy of Dave Eringa and Graeme Stewart) adds a radio-friendly sheen to the album, giving first single TAKE ME HOME a driving, Chemical Brothers-style bassline and thunderous chorus, and backing FAMILY MAN with a very pretty piano and TELL YOU TOO MUCH with soaring strings and whooshing vocals.

Singer and ex-Kerbdog man Cormac Battle has never sounded more confident, belting out UNDERSTAND, THE PLAN and the string-enhanced title track like a Gaelic Michael Stipe, and attacking WAIT A MINUTE like Dave Grohl on steroids.

With perhaps the exception of the stop-start BROKEN GLASS, the only criticism you could level at this album is that Wilt have found a catchy formula and stuck to it, but MY MEDICINE sprints along at an impressive pace. And as Feeder or the Foo Fighters will agree, that’s no bad thing.

5 stars

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