Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Album Review : Next Round - The Holy Goats 8*

For Fans Of : Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zep

From the rich opening twang of Something To Tell You to the closing chords of title track Next Round this blues touched, Southern rock album delivers 11 highly enjoyable songs with a very classic rock, very retro, very stylish feel.

Next Round positively reeks of sour mash whisky spilt on sawdust.  The songs are performed with an easy and seductive swagger and an amount of self assurance that never quite gets reckless but will get you shaking to the Goats' highly infectious groove.

The whole album is steeped in its Southern rock roots, but there is enough variation to keep things interesting. Some songs would have been bona fide classics if the band could really let themselves rip loose, tracks like the slightly slow burning Temptation would really have benefitted from a small upwards gear shift, whereas the deep groove of the higher velocity Every Time We Meet is absolutely spot on.

A point that may (or may not) detract from your enjoyment is that Holy Goats' sound is so close to that of The Black Crowes that the two bands seem to have been seperated at musical birth.  If on the other hand you don't object to a really good contemporary band sounding just like a great classic act (Airbourne's homage to / plaigarism of AC/DC springs to mind) then this is an album well worth investing in.

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