This is the write-up in the April 2010 edition of the mag:
“In the Red” is the latest collection from the Blue Bishops. The band, led by vocalist, songwriter, harmonica and guitar player Geoff Grange and fellow writer and guitarist Simon Burrett, play a wide range of their own music, and a few high energy covers.
The album starts with a cover of John Fogerty’s “Walking in a Hurricane”. Well played versions of the Everly Brothers’ “Price of Love” and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup’s “That’s Alright Mama” show the group’s credentials, whilst their own songs show a universal quality.
Songs such as “Wake up Call” with its telephone opening show a scope that ranges well past the usual three chord blues arrangements, whilst ballads such as “Place in Time” and album closer “These Things Take Time” have good backing tracks, allowing for melodic, well thought out slide guitar solos in the play outs. “The Black Diamond” looks at the plight of miners, whilst “Credit Card” is a jokey singalong track looking at the end of a relationship. “The End is Listless” is a duet for harmonica and Simon’s guitar.
Contributions from a number of other musicians, such as keyboard players John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick and Rod Argent, also help to add colour to the arrangements. The Blue Bishops give a very good account of themselves on this album, but I would have thought that the best place to hear a band like this is live. Rating: 8 – Ben Macnair