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The Struts – Strange Days Album Review


We really reside some “Strange Days” proper now, so The Struts‘ third output looks like one of the crucial applicable albums we have heard all 12 months. They used this pandemic to place collectively an especially present, and but virtually tastelessly retro, document in simply ten days throughout lockdown, with the assistance of some sudden visitors. 

Kicking off with the title observe that includes Robbie Williams, Strange Days is an anthemic spotlight. With twinkly synths and a heat, gradual rhythm accompanied by melancholy minor falls, it is the proper theme track to the remainder of the album and the one you wish to sing alongside to most.

After that although, they waste no time in turning up the warmth with the insanely infectious All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go). That bike chugging in the beginning is tacky AF however the timeless nature of this party staple is every little thing that we wish from a Struts track. 

Speaking of tacky intros, I Hate How Much I Want You featuring Phil Collen and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard opens with a clumsy cellphone dialog between Struts frontman Luke Spiller and Joe that simply feels bizarre and superfluous. But it is also obtained to be the catchiest track on the document so that they’re completely forgiven.

Where The Struts actually begin to present their expertise is within the handful of bluesy numbers such because the piano-backed Burn It Down with its Southern rock flavour and the marginally darker Wild Child that includes Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Both stable album highlights.

Strange Days is just not with out its filler tracks, in fact, and it is fairly unlucky that probably the most forgettable observe on the document can also be the longest. Cool is not a sport changer in any approach, however even then you definately’re nonetheless unlikely to skip. Can’t Sleep is fairly predictable at this level, however that jangly guitar solo actually makes us lament the shortage of guitar solos in so many rock songs today.

Do You Love Me is a fairly implausible Kiss cowl which feels much more glam-rock than the unique and loses completely not one of the swagger, whereas Another Hit Of Showmanship that includes Albert Hammon Jr. of The Strokes even has a bit Britpop vibe about it which is nothing to complain about.

I nonetheless have not determined if The Struts are simply trendy dad rock or pure laidback rock ‘n’ roll, however one factor’s for positive – they know find out how to write a hook! The album on a complete stays cohesive and thoughtfully put collectively, from the thematic opener to the graceful and seductive nearer Am I Talking To The Champagne (Or Talking To You). The large choruses, unwavering charisma and unusual unison of nostalgic 70s rock and 2020 themes makes for a distinguished output from The Struts, even when they’re by no means probably the most lyrically ingenious.

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