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Issue 1096

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The Haggis Horns: Stand Up For Love (Haggis Records)

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UK release date 22.05.2020

The Haggis Horns magic returns, after 2-years in the making with this, their 5th and o-so-glorious latest album, "Stand Up For Love". I'm pleased to say, it's back to belter basics for this highly enterprising outfit...

It's largely a vocal album too with John McCallum back at the reigns, singing his heart out. His twisting voice morphs with each funky track he sings on"'Ain't Lovin' One Another" sounding like a cross between Art Neville and Bill Withers.

People this is the good stuff, highly polished, well-honed ensemble work and the riveting blue-eyed soul continues with the sumptuous "Give It Up (Don't Take Part In The Madness)" Its mellifluous backing vocals are mixed with strident horns which reign supreme (reminds me of classic AWB) Suffice to say, there are plenty of good, solid songs and even a slice of reggaefied blessedness with the excellent "Stand Up For Love".

These uber-cool merchants of the good groove have delivered a classy album, including some fine stock and trade instrumentals... The Tom Scott inspired 'Haggis Express" and "Burning" are pure killer - there's not one filler here! It's a remarkable achievement, muscular and refined and full of star-gazing hooks proving it to being a testament of their talent.
Words Emrys Baird

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