Revive

Paul McCartney is not known for handing out accolades, so when he says that British band Steadman has "the ability to deliver," it should not be taken lightly.

Paul McCartney is not known for handing out accolades, so when he says that British band Steadman has "the ability to deliver," it should not be taken lightly. Deliver the band does, in no small part because of singer/guitarist Simon Steadman. His expressive vocals recall Jeff Buckley, and he wrote all of the songs on this, the act's sophomore album (and first U.S. release). While the band should instantly appeal to any Britpop fan, such songs as lead single "No Big Deal," "The Bitter End" and "Wave Goodbye" have the ability to cross over to any fan of modern rock, because of their catchy melodies. And if one of the original purveyors of British pop can recognize Steadman's talent, the States should be next to follow.—BT