Wim S. : It has lasted no less than three years, but finally there is a new album from the classic rockers of The Vintage Caravan. The trio from Iceland releases their fourth album with 'Gateways' and again the listener is rejoiced with pure and honest, grooving classic rock. Within the seventies rock segment, worldwide there is a wide range of bands (from Rival Sons to Dewolff and from Wolfmother to Birth Of Joy), but The Vintage Caravan has emphatically reported themselves at the top of the list, especially on the basis of their consistent quality.
And we hear that quality again on 'Gateways'. Not only do the three men know how to play their instruments (more than) properly; they are also able to write catchy songs. The album opens very strongly with the exciting 'Set Your Sights' and also 'Reflections' impresses on side 1; a nice up-tempo riff that is supported by grooving bass and drum patterns. Over the years, the lead vocals of Oskar Logi have also become stronger and stronger. You can hear that, for example, when the tempo is scaled back like in the strong 'On The Run', with a particularly nice second part, in which he also goes nuts on his guitar. Furthermore, the mysterious 'Nebula' and 'Farewell' (for me the best song of the album) are worth listening to. Not only the music exudes quality, the lay out of the CD (and LP) is also to be feasted: what a beautiful cover. The Vintage Caravan strengthens its position in the top of the seventies rock with 'Gateways'.