So, how does the record stack-up? It certainly has its moments, some of which are due to glimpses of greatness – as with Birdcage, which features a powerful vocal contribution from Suzie Martin that adds a rawness and emotional depth to the track – but most are little curios as the listener wonders what Doherty is doing? Why is he doing that? How is he holding it together? Hamburg Demonstrations was recorded in Hamburg, Germany, a city that Doherty has stated he has always wanted to record in, as it is where The Beatles learnt to ply their trade, and The Beatles influence is evident on songs like Kolly Kibber, and Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 16th December 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.