Alan Millington and Mick Skinner's songs were solid if perhaps a little too safe, however. The breezy rocker 'Making It Hard' drives along at a nifty pace, while the likes of reflective strummer 'Simple Man' and the sun-kissed 'It's All Right' contain echoes of The Hollies and early Bee Gees...
Record Collector (October 2013)
'Shanty' alone is worth the album, a brilliantly composed tale of the sea broken into segments. Starting out with a mere flute, the narrative voice sings of a ship about to embark on a voyage, with someone's sweetheart left behind on the quay and tears streaming down her face. These emotions are emphasized by melancholic guitar riffs, strings, punctuated keys, and an altogether floaty and dreamy quality.
Gradually though, it all turns heavier and the dreamy quality makes place for excellent but hard riffs and keyboard sounds - obviously reflecting inner turmoil as well as the stormy sea. Once the musical climax is reached, the sound mellows and the narrative voice picks up again - singing of a sea that by now has calmed down, and of the ship heading back to the harbour while the Captain is looking older. Some delicate a-capella singing brings the voyage to an end. Simply fantastic!
The album is a rarity indeed, and it's a bonus that Ironbridge songs don't sound the slightest bit rusty to the modern ear.
music-news.com (September 2013)
Formed from the ashes of The Birds and TheBees and Fluff, Ironbridge released their one and only album in 1973 on the then EMI International label.
Having released no less than five singles under their name Fluff this Shropshire band made their final bid for the big time by changing their name to Ironbridge (the worlds first iron bridge had been built in the Shropshire town) and the album sold extremely well in France whilst gaining rave reviews.
Now having achieved a cult status the album is released on CD for the very first time and the music today falls under the “power pop” category but at the time was described by reviewers as “somewhere between The Beatles and The Moody Blues”!(angel air.co)
Very good album. Give it a try you will not be disappointed.