HUMAN INSTINCT: Midnight Sun
By Alistar Wickens
I initially got these guys confused with ’80s new wave group Human Nature; the sparkly, shiny cover did little to dispel the idea that this was a dance album. I’m happy to say I was wrong and was pleasantly surprised to discover, four decades after this band began, an awesome demonstration of blues rock. Human Instinct have an impressive past, touring with the Rolling Stones at one point, and their history shines through in the strength of their songwriting – although the standout tracks for me were actually the ones written by the Finn brothers and Eddie Rayner. The 12 tracks here don’t exactly push any boundaries of the genre but they are all great songs, with a fantastic sound – one that can only come from years of writing, rehearsing, and most importantly, performing. The older tracks, including Maiden Voyage, were the most interesting, stepping out of the blues feel a little and experimenting with a more progressive rock sound, giving the album a bit of a musical twist just when I was expecting another blues track.