Emerging as the phenomenon known as Britpop reached its height, Reef's own brand of blues-rock sat
out of kilter with the predilection for Madchester and all things Beatles at the time.
Owing more to Led Zeppelin and all things bluesy, the West Country quartet's first album, Replenish,
crashed into the musical landscape like a runaway truck.
Built around an intense guitar-driven sound and the forty-a-day howl of front man Gary Stringer, the album
is as raw as it is anachronistic. The sheer, untamed blare of riff-based tracks like "Naked" and
"Choose To Live" is hard to ignore and even in quieter moments, as on the consummate "Mellow" the metal
fanfare is in evidence. Although subsequent albums have seen the band evolve into a tighter and more original
outfit, it is here that the adrenaline rush of their roots really lies.
1. Feed Me
3. Good Feeling
8. Choose To Live