Marc Eden’s self-titled debut album is a testament to a life well-lived. Having previously been a part of the Peckham Cowboys and experienced the highs and lows of the music industry, Eden brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to his solo venture. His journey, from signing a mega deal in the early 2000s to recording with iconic artists like Slash (with whom he recorded an early version of what became Velvet Revolver’s “Slither”) and Ariel Bender, is a testament to his musical prowess and the varied influences that shape his sound.

The album consists of ten tracks that feel more like a collection of diverse musical experiences rather than a cohesive album. It recalls one of those cover-mounted CDs that used to come with magazines, offering a range of styles and moods to explore. Each track tells its own story, showcasing Eden’s versatility and musical range.

“Next Of Kin” kicks off the album with a raw emotional hook. “Free” embodies a vibe reminiscent of Ian Hunter jamming with the Stones. This track effortlessly blends rock and roll elements, delivering a dynamic and energetic sound. It’s a captivating offering that showcases Eden’s ability to channel classic rock influences into a contemporary sound.

With “Cruel Britannia,” Eden expresses his anger through a fuzzy groove. The track’s edgy guitar work and relentless energy create a rebellious atmosphere, inviting listeners to join in the cathartic release of frustration.

“Mother Mary” (co-written with Pete Doherty, with whom he teamed up in 2017) finds Eden purring with a sound akin to the Stray Cats. This track captures a nostalgic essence, evoking memories of timeless rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll influences.

“You Are Mysterious” adds to the album’s pick-and-mix quality, contributing to the overall buffet-like experience. To that end, “All God’s Children” takes a bluesy turn, allowing Eden to showcase his prowess in this genre. The track oozes with soulful vibes and heartfelt emotion, painting a vivid picture with each lyric and note.

“Suicide Blues” takes a swirling, prog-inspired direction, further highlighting Eden’s musical range. And if “Rock Star Burning” injects a dose of NYC disco into the mix, adding a lively and infectious rhythm, then no one should be surprised.

Neither should you be when “There’s A Star For You” stands out as a seven-minute epic, showcasing Eden’s ability to craft sprawling compositions. Finally, “Wish” brings the album back full circle, tying together the musical threads and encapsulating the diverse experience of the album. It serves as a reminder of the artistic journey and growth that Eden has undergone throughout his career.

Marc Eden’s debut album is a testament to his musical prowess and eclectic influences. While the album may lack a cohesive narrative, it more than makes up for it with a buffet of diverse sounds and styles. Each track stands on its own, inviting listeners to explore different facets of Eden’s artistry. With his debut, Eden has firmly established himself as a versatile and captivating musician, leaving us eager to see where his musical journey takes him next.

Rating: 8/10

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