From the archives – Music/News: 22 Feb 1995 

Kathryn McKinney    Demo Parade

Bead.. So he’s back with a slightly extended line up (Homeboy on lead guitar and Bead on vocals/guitar), and four new songs. The sound is a lot different however, with Dave McCune supplying bass, percussion and additional guitar.

‘Superman’ has a shuffly dance rhythm, grungey guitars, a great urban alienation lyric and the brilliant “I don’t know what you’re talking about” sample. Quirky and very interesting. ‘Fall Apart’ has a more conventional rocky ballad feel to it but its warm melody, fine lead guitar work and Bead’s voice lift it higher. Mariah Carey may not be looking over her shoulder but Bead has a great, emotive voice. ‘My World is Black’ is a beautifully manic-depressive ode until it leaps about 10 beats and heads off in manic country rock style, into the sunset. ‘You Don’t Have to Worry’ is a reggae tinged dollop of sweet but confused optimism. It’s a wonderful song which actually mutates into Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ and just about gets away with it. No mean feat I would say!

Bead’s songwriting is coming along in leaps and bounds and the new fuller sound shows this well. It can’t be long now, eh?