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Album Review

On the opening salvo of Crossing the Line, the first McBride CD to get a proper U.S. release, McBride mimics the sound of an air raid siren, perhaps announcing his intention to drop a sonic guitar bomb on unsuspecting listeners. "Lead Us Away" is actually a sedate opener, although McBride's technical skill is in evidence, even when he's holding back. With a metallic approach he groans out a catchy, Howlin' Wolf style chorus as he peppers the tune with a short, sharp, cascading lead line that whets your appetite for more, and he delivers. "Heartbreaker" is a short, snotty, midtempo rocker full of screaming guitar, a snarling vocal, and powerful support from drummer Paul Hamilton and bass man Carl Harvey. "Down to the Wire," on which he also plays credible Hammond B-3, is a slow groove that alternates his soulful vocals with volleys of grinding sustained notes. "Don't Be a Fool" is a soulful rocker with a Motown flavor, "Alcatraz" sports a strong horn section, soulful vocals, and more dazzling lead work, while "No Room to Breath" features backing vocals from Mia Simone to support McBride's tortured vocals and understated work on guitar and organ. The Belfast-born McBride started playing when he was 10 and by 15, he had won Young Guitarist of the Year from Britain's Guitarist Magazine. He turned pro in 1994 at age 16, and he's been tearing up the U.K. ever since. As Crossing the Line proves, he's ready to become the next Irish guitar hero. ~ j. poet, Rovi

Customer Reviews


Been looking forward to this album and it certainly was worth waiting for.

Well crafted songs, great playing all around (I'll get to Simon's guitar...), cool vocals, production's great. Top job.

Simon is without a doubt up with the great blues/rock guitarists, in my opinion - listen to this album and his others... cracking tones and real tasteful playing, less is more but lets rip when needs be and called for and as for his vibrato and, pay attention and study well!

If you play yourself or just like bluesy rock, buy this album!

Soulfully Amazing!!!

Quite simply... I love it.

Beautiful job.

Great album from a great Northern Irishman

An excellent album from the talented Carrickfergus-born virtuoso. The album really shows off both Simon's vocal and guitar abilities. He is definitely up there with Gary Moore, SRV, Joe Bonamassa etc. - if you enjoy Still Got The Blues then this album is a must-have!

Crossing the Line, Simon McBride
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock
  • Released: 24 September 2012

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