Cock Sparrer – Forever

Pirates Press Records, Randale Records and Chase the Ace Records
Written by Mark Jones

You don’t need me to tell you who Cock Sparrer are as they have been around for 45 years (5 years before I was born), but when I heard that they had a new album coming out and I was going to have the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t have been happier. This may only be their sixth album in that time but ‘Forever’ proves that the band are as relevant now as they were back then.

All of the band’s previous albums are classics and ‘Forever’ is no exception, featuring 12 tracks (16 on the CD version) of hooked laden sing-along anthems that the band are famous for. Kicking things off is ‘One by One’ a tale of friendship that most people will relate to. The album continues brilliantly with ‘Believe’, ‘Gonna Be Alright’, Don’t Tell Anyone Anything’ ‘Family of One’ before the excellent ‘Every Step of the Way’, a gem of a song that if you’re having a bad day you should put this on repeat.

The second side kicks off with ‘In My Town’, two and a halve minutes of pure joy and leads nicely to ‘Contender’ with an absolutely brilliant chorus that will no doubt get stuck in your head. Excellent songs like ‘Nothing Like You’, ‘I’ve Had Enough’, and ‘Somebody’s Brother; Somebody’s Son’ come before ‘Us Against the World’, for me the best track on the album – an anthem that I’m sure fans all over the world will love.

It may have been 10 years since their last album but ‘Forever’ was well worth the wait. All the songs on this album are as good as the band’s earlier material which I’m sure will please their fans and will hopefully gain some new ones.