|The Many Sides of Fireball Steven
Rhythm Bomb, 2009
The series of the Rhythm Bomb Records, called "The Many Sides Of", is a collection of the best songs of (mostly) modern artists, which were recorded during some period of time. Fireball Steven (Nic Steven Nilsson in normal life) is one those who was lucky enough to be part of that project.
First six songs are brand new and recorded (exactly a year ago) in Germany with English band the Rock-a-Tones. It is my favourite part of that "long play" (21 tracks!) cd. Exclusive authentic material, which includes self-penned compositions as well as brilliantly performed covers. The band is playing perfect, I really enjoyed the sound.
The vocal of Fireball Stevens is more "talking" than "singing", but he has something that gives you very pleasant feeling while listening to this record. To make a wild guess, I would say that strong love to rockabilly music lives in his heart and you can clearly hear it.
The boppin' track of Billy Adams "Honey Bee" is recorded in the US with The Helldivers. Echo was added to make it more original. The band is very good, but is missing some fire, which is essential part on its own realeases.
"Be Bop Girls" brings us to Sweden, where Fireball Stevens is backed up by his own band, The Southern Rhythm Boys. The song is very simple, but the most relaxed and fun. Very nice work together!
The rest of cd is mostly (with some small exceptions) pure neo rockabilly. The rhythm is accelerating, energy - growing up, giving some heaviness, and we see Nic Nilsson from different view. Lots of pure rockabilly bands, I guess, started from neo music, and here is a good example.
Those recordings were made in the USA and Sweden, with different bands and different studios; plus, logically enough, in different styles of playing and performing. Neatly chosen covers and wild self-writen songs will show you many sides of Fireball Steven. And that is exactly what makes this cd so special.
So I hope you will have opportunity to hear it yourself and make a walk through the musical career of that fine Swedesh rockíníroll artist.
Reviewed by Kitti, 2010