RMG Chart – 2005 – 59 minutes

After The Cranberries decided to take a break, songwriter and guitarist Noel Hogan turned his attention to a little project that has morphed into Mono Band. With the release of this debut album comes a musical force to be reckoned with.

With the opening strains of 'Brighter Sky' a mostly-instrumental, oriental air, you immediately sit up and pay attention. Hogan experiments with several different sounds, giving this album a wide appeal. It's something you can rock out to, dance to and chill out to. We haven't heard anything this interesting in a long time.

There is still the sound of The Cranberries' 'Linger' and 'Zombie' here, but it seems larger. Using different vocalists is a major plus as the quality of Richard Walters, Alexandra Hamnede, Kate Havnevik, Nicholas Leroux and Fin Chambers' singing is superb. They also co-wrote their tracks. Let's hope we hear plenty more from each of them.

The combination of sound and lyrics ensure that these songs really get under your skin, so much so that you'll find yourself putting the CD on repeat. Yes, it's that good.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Brighter Sky – Waves – Why? – Run Wild – Home – Invitation – Crazy – Hollow Man – Miss P – Indecisive – Release