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Red Bull Records

Released: 09.03.18

 

 

 

 

 

In 2001 rock ‘n’ roll had gotten stale and along came Albert Hammond Jr and The Strokes to give it the kick in the ass that it needed. Fast-forward 17 years and he may just have done it again. This is a great record, full of garage rock like opener Dvsl. and the Tom Petty-esque Far Away Truths, and as good as anything on Is This It.

Hammond’s voice is awash with Bowie affectations, never more so than on the trashy Muted Beatings. Elsewhere, Stop & Go recalls Simon & Garfunkel whilst ScreaMER lifts the harmonies from Sympathy For The Devil. He’s hardly an innovator, but has an amazing knack for mixing up what’s gone before and making it all sound fresh again.  

 

 

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