Rollingexile Album Reviews



Rollingexile Reflection Ep Review

Rhythm Guitars and Vocals .. Charlie 
Bass .. Miranda Gonzaga
Drums .. Rory Smith
Lead Guitar .. Federico Bianco

After the great success of the excellent ‘Hardline’ album and constant tours of Europe and the UK, ROLLINGEXILE have gone back to the studio and delivered a snippet of what is to come in 2019.

Containing four tracks, two new and two familiar favourites, ‘Reflection EP’ is an appetite wetter for any fan of well constructed rock music at its finest.

Kicking off with new track ‘Nevada Midnight’ ROLLINGEXILE immediately give us that familiar rocking vibe, with its beautiful lead guitar intro we are soon treated to vocalist Charlie’s almost desperate vocal as the lyrics tell of a man searching for possibly an answer, a new direction or even hope? A man who has made mistakes and had to burn bridges and is now lost in regret, looking for a way back. I love the way that the emotion in Charlie’s voice draws you in, wanting to learn more about the situation. The lead guitar playing throughout the track is superb and adds so much class to this wonderful rocker.

Second track ‘Shadow Hero’ is the other new track on the EP and mighty fine it is too. The words reveal the tale of self doubt and keeping things inside. We all have that Shadow Hero inside us, it’s just finding the confidence to act on it. Shadow Hero will be amazing to hear performed live, it’s another punchy rocker that will have the audience jumping about with glee.

I am so pleased that the EP includes the original version of ‘I Sit and Wonder’ with the Phil Lynott intro and outro. This is the way the beautiful track should be heard. The version on the Hardline album is great, but the addition of Phil Lynott’s voice adds a certain romance to the song.

Final track is the Fluid Remix of fan favourite ‘Good Morning London’. It is good to hear this reworking of the track that has been so popular for the band. Always rocking, always good to sing along to, it is a great nod to the past and a treat for the listener.

‘Reflection EP’ can be described as a message of hope for the future. The two new tracks sound fresh and vibrant and a positive introduction to the new album. The future is looking safe with these guys.

Reflection EP is released on Oct 15th 2018



Chatsong  Rollingexile HARDLINE Album Review

This is the band Rollingexile, Charlie has played before in several other bands and also has played 6 gigs for U2. He is an experienced artist, as you can read the article above. Then now my album review from this band, the album is named Hardline.

I will start with the first track on the album, and that is " Running". The intro has a soulful melodic intro with acoustic guitar, then he opens with a very calm high sound. You can hear he is experienced in singing, it is if you are listening to U2 or David Bowie. I am so impressed, this is world class rock and rock and he sure does have the appearances for a rock and roll singer. I love this track, it is amazing and very professional played, sung and recorded. This song has potential to become a worldwide hit song, it has it all. 

Their second track is " When you lie" the intro has beautiful melodic sounds as well, and his voice is so lovely to hear. The lyrics are so beautifully written, and when he sings the lyrics comes to life and stays in your head even you never heard it before. I really want to dance and sing on the rhythmic tunes by the instruments. I am a big fan of U2 and many more, I love the old rock and rock style and this song brings back that period.  

Then we have " down the road" brilliant guitar intro, man, this is really stunning. My credits for the band members and the production of this song. I love his mature voice, his tiny hoarseness and together with the smashing instrumental sounds. It makes this song again a world-class hit song in rock and rock and roll, this you want to hear on a stage and on every radio station there is. I am totally distracted by all that is happening in their single, that I almost forget to review the single. so good, is their music. 

I am listening now to " Frisco" and they sure know how to make the intros stunning, this intro is a mix of blues-rock and rock. The song literally swings, it is so wonderful recorded. Stunning instrumental pieces, a great melodic and rhythmic sound and of course his voice which can sing many octaves. He has a very good timing, and it is all pure. Wow, I am so impressed by this band and their recordings. And I have just listened to 4 songs from the complete album, I am really excited and happy that this future rock and roll legend is on Chatsong.


Another track is " I sit and wonder" and as you can guess again great quality intro, lovely bluesy sounds and once he started to sing the lyrics you are sold. And want to enjoy their music and Really want " to sit and wonder" where they have been all this time and why they are not known in every country there is. Because their music sounds phenomenal and they deserve the same chances as many other big rock bands who are famous everywhere. 

Then we have " that sign" I love the thunder sound in the intro, as well the complete intro. I hear so many styles mixed in this recording, and his voice has in this recording a little more hoarseness which I love, but other maybe not it is a matter of taste. it is more a rock ballad, it relaxes me when I listen to this song. I am intensely enjoyed while I concentrate on writing this song review. 

The track " Good morning London" is more uptempo rock, and even I know he is a brilliant singer I find his performance in this song a little less. But the music around it is lovely, it really swings and has a lovely rhythm. I guess he has performed to much, and his throat was tired. it is no critic, But I can hear he has some flaws in this recording, on the other side he has very powerful pieces vocally when he sings with the background singers. 

I am listening now to " zero hours" and even he has again that same hoarseness as the previous track this is more controlled and has the same performance vocally as in the first 6 songs he sung. This vocal fits more by him, the tones the chords he shows also that he can sing high octaves and that is what makes him a brilliant performer and singer. And when the background singer starts to sing, it is so wonderful that this song has again high chances to become a worldwide hit song. 

This is cool this track " Rolling home" has the sounds of varied genres like jazz, blues, rock and country, man I love this track. Brilliant wind instrument in it, and it swings lovely. It shows as a band that they can make more than only rock and roll and that the album is varied in sounds and genres. I really want to buy this album, and show it to all in this industry in my country bars, clubs, radios, and festivals. 

This song " All my life"  is immediately awesome in the intro, great catchy tunes, and melodic sounds. From the start till the end you get treated with a musical spectacle a world-class performance by this band. How would they sound live on stage, if they sound wicked already now in the recordings? 

Three more songs to go to review, the names of the songs are " Tell me I'm Wrong" " These days transatlantic" Stacy transatlantic". 

I will start with " tell me I'm wrong" it has a stunning intro with an electric guitar and his lovely voice which is a bit less hoarseness then in all the other recordings. Another smashing rock and roll recording, everything in this recording is brilliant. More words I don't need to add, just listen to their complete album and enjoy their brilliant songs.

Wow, this is really one of their best recordings " These days Transatlantic" the intro is stunning, his vocal performance is stunning, the lyrics are stunning the band plays stunning. Again potential for worldwide fame, as a rock band in every country there is with their album. 

So I am going to review their last two songs " Stacy Transatlantic These Days Transatlantic"  and honestly both transatlantic tracks are in my opinion the best recordings from the album. I have the feeling, these and  songs are more comfortable by the singer and the band. Not that the other tracks aren't amazing they are certainly but these two last tracks are for me the greatest tracks on the album. 

Because I pay attention, to the notes, keys, octaves, instrumental and lyrics, and everything else from what I hear in a track. This is also why I listen to all the songs artists record, so I know what they are capable of or which song need some feedback to work on. 

I have listened to all of the songs from the album, the album consists brilliant rock and roll. It brings back the good times of rock and roll, the album is varied in genres, intros, and instrumental sounds. There are a lot of tracks who have high chances of becoming a worldwide hit song, and they for sure deserve with this album a tour and massive buyers of this wonderful produced rock and roll album. Therefore share this review, with this amazing band as much as you can and give votes and comments underneath this album review. 



Rock News and Reviews  Rollingexile HARDLINE Album Review

Following on from the highly acclaimed 2013 release "Exile" ROLLINGEXILE have stayed true to form with the new album "Hardline"

Boasting 14 tracks, "Hardline" is a breath of fresh air in today's over-sampled and fickle music industry. It is an album that showcases the beauty of melody and word and reveals just how meaningful a four minute song can be. 


There are several guest appearances on the album including Joe Kash from Bad Mother Earth, Alessio Garavello and Andrea Lonardi from A New Tomorrow. Hardline was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Alessio Garavello and recorded at Rogue Studios London, Quays Studio London and Downtown Studios CT USA. 


The album is respectfully dedicated to Thin Lizzy legend Phillip Parris Lynott.


"Hardline" opens with the exceptionally strong "Running" This was the first track I had ever heard by ROLLINGEXILE and I loved it from the first listen. The opening drum beat is soon joined by acoustic guitar as each other instrument is gently introduced to us and fills our ears with a tune that is both vibrant and yet, forlorn. Vocalist Charlie's voice sounds amazing as he pleads "Don't let me go". There is a real goose-bump moment at around the 3:10 mark when the backing vocals put their arms around you and give you a big hug .... pure magic..


"When You Lie" reminds me so much of Roger McGuinn. It is a delightful track that harks back to The Byrds at their best. 


"Down The Road" finds the band in a more philosophical mood as they ponder the future of a relationship without making the mistakes of the past. 


"The Hardline" is next and it hits you in the face as Charlie blasts out his vocal accompanied by glorious acoustic strumming and some excellent rhythmic drumming from the talented Miranda Gonzaga . 


The bass playing is very notable on the Reggae inspired "Frisco" which is very reminiscent of early Police. The band get laid back as the heavenly track flows while the story unveils. 


"I Sit and Wonder" is a lament to a memory, a love song about a person or a place? You decide? This track was originally to have an intro and outro talk- over by the late great Phillip Lynott. Unfortunately this wasn't to be. The track is wonderfully moving none the less.


"That Sign" has a warmingly, subtle chorus and again, is played with a flowing grace that will have you smiling to yourself as you move your head to the sound. "Good Morning London" picks up the pace a little with a lively upbeat sing along chorus.


"Zero Hour" slows the proceedings down again with more of the heart touching acoustic playing that is becoming synonymous with this album.


"Rolling Home" is Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan in a country-esque charge to the finish. Tommy Brundage guests superbly here  on harmonica.


"All My Life" again follows the 'write an alluringly pleasing song and play it well' brief. It contains some seriously tender vocals and an engaging melody.


The levels get turned up for the last three tracks as the band rocks it out. "Tell Me I'm Wrong" is a great classic rock number that includes some awesome guitar solos and a true 'rock n roll' ending. 


The final two tracks "These Days" and "Stacey" are re recorded workings of tracks from the previous album "Exile" Featuring Charlie Hallinan's brother Hugh on drums. "These Days" also has a guest appearance by guitarist Chuck Beckman.


"Hardline" is one of those albums that you will want to play again and again. It has dreamy, well played and very well structured songs that draw you in. It is the type of record that you will cherish as you insist on playing it to your friends, and they will thank you for it. It is the kind of record that you will play to yourself to just close your eyes, relax and escape.

Pete Devine April 2017 Pete's Rock News and Views .com