From the foot-tapping opening track, Money, which nails the band's Bohemian colours firmly to the mast. Every following song on the album draws the listener ever deeper into the quirky and exotic world of Hedons' songwriters, Bradley Tindall and Pete Coulam, each song a vignette inspired by the hidden corners of life and other imaginary places. It's an album with deep retro roots but which still strives to create a unique sound: African hand drums and Indian tablas are accompanied by flourishes of Spanish-tinged trumpet; the yearning of a gypsy violin answered by the cry of blues slide guitar; the soft swirls of a chapel organ ambushed by power guitar chords and a driving rhythm section. And at the very heart of each song is Bradley Tindall, storyteller extraordinaire, his voice a personal invitation to an intimate universe, his voice a powerhouse of passion: sometimes dark, sometimes bright, sometimes subtle, sometimes raw. Tales of the shadows, tales of the light. The song list is varied yet balanced: a slow burner rubs shoulders with a regular shaker and stomper; a crowd pleaser is seen in public with a novelty song. This all makes for an interesting and highly enjoyable listening experience. Never Gonna Get Away Again, with it's cryptic lyrics, haunting guitar riff and exquisite counter melodies and rhythm guitar. "For the harvest moon she wakes her eyes Smokes a pin and puts the devil on her mind Yeah, she moves slowly like a gypsy train because she's never gonna get away again..." Rock and Roll Soul showcases the band's ability to take a song to it's edge without ever overplaying, the easiest of musical sins to commit. "There were artists and a harpist Generals and a tramp Roaches from the carpets man Genies from the lamp There was a stream of stricken soldiers Crawling out deserting from their holes They were all coming together Just looking for their rock and roll soul." With it's driving rhythm and build to an irresistible chorus, Night Train is sure to be a real showstopper live. Jim Cathy Georgia Jevil is also rock and roll at it's most timeless and perfect. Check out the strong and beautifully phrased lead guitar work at the song's end. Killer. These are great songs played well by musicians who clearly love what they do, and nothing alters the fact that it's a real keeper of an album that's guaranteed to grow on you with repeated listening. If the Hedons' plan is to conquer the world musically, it's a plan that's slowly and surely working, one album at a time. Seaside Caravan has it all: the tragedy of blues, the lilt of reggae, the swagger of rock, and more besides. It's a glorious and unique soundscape that is ultimately one hell of a gypsy celebration of rock and roll. Come join the party! Robert Thé | The Taipei Times & Highway 11 Magazine.