How the hell have I not come across Paul Miro before? He is the front man of Apes, Pigs & Spacemen a band formed in Derby, UK way back in 1993. He has released a great collection of solo albums; Earthly Powers (2007), B.O.A.T.S. (2009), All Stripped Down (2009), Sometimes You Get, Sometimes You Get Got (2012) and Sinombré 1: All Hope Is Gone (2016). The latter is the first chapter which precedes his new record ‘Sinombré Volume Two: Broken Angels’. But it is not essential to listen to that to appreciate the new one. Miro is a busy man as he also produces music for radio, TV and film. This album is hard to slot into a genre. Some might say alt. rock and others might say alt. country. I feel that the heavier elements on display here steer it more in a rock direction. His voice on some songs has a resemblance to Michael Hutchence of INXS in His prime too. Notably on album opener “Nothing Left Here (Part III)” and “Give Something Back”. The alt.country element is perhaps at its strongest on “The Big Blowdown” which sounds how a collaboration between Robbie Robertson and Steve Earle might sound.
There is not a bad track in this stupendous collection of tunes. “Build My Gallows High” has tones of Paul Rodgers in his Free hey day and Nazareth at their mid 70s peak. There is an eerily undercurrent of menace on the weird and warped instrumental “Ghosthouse” and horror film soundtrack tune in the waiting “Dimestring” and the Germanic “Nichts Mehr Geben” (according to BabelFish translator that means nothing more giving). After a couple of listens “Blue Hour’s Red Light” is my favourite song here, but the competition is damned close, especially from title track “Broken Angel”. Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Dan Lucas head honcho of Boss Caine, one of York’s finest musicians and an all round good guy. Well I think Mr Miro sounds very much like Mr Lucas on the sweeping epic that is “Dark Night Of The Soul”. Lyrically the record is deep and offers a highly accomplished use of language. The emotion evoked by “Too Late Now” and “Broken Angel” is palpable and sincere. Both songs left me feeling emboldened, empowered and hopeful. The guitar playing is diverse, powerful and ranges across every style of music. I totally recommend that you give this album a shot, if you love great music you will not be disappointed!