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GENE THE WEREWOLF

ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2012

 

ROCK N ROLL PARTY ANIMAL

 

With the exception of a couple of songs – those exceptions being the wonderful opener ‘Wicked Love’ (which comes across like a party rock version of Airbourne, or maybe AC/DC meets Bulletboys); and the pair ‘I Only Want to Rock and Roll’ and ‘Firecracker’ (drop the Bulletboys and Keep AC/DC) – this album reminds me of one thing and one thing only: mid-eighties rock, and primarily Paul Stanley driven Kiss of that era.

 

 

 

Now that could be your dream or your biggest nightmare. For me personally that was when Kiss went off the boil after the glory of the seventies and the stylistic misstep of their disco duo, and concept album madness. 

 

 

 

In a way from track three this is almost like a re-evaluation of that period of rock, before the hair really took hold. And you know what, it stacks up rather well. Maybe I should dust off those old Kiss albums after all.

 

 

 

Aside from loving those first two numbers there’s a lot to like if you use your rock primarily to party.  Catchy melodies, big choruses and disposable lyrics all do the job and as I said if you love that eighties vintage of Kiss you’ll even hear a bit of Stanley himself in the vocals.

 

 

 

‘Superhero’ is great fun and quirkier than Kiss would have been with a number like this; ‘Heart of Steel’ is almost Kiss meets Darkness and great fun; ‘Rock N Roll Animal’ is 100% party rock; and there’s so much more…

 

 

 

“I’ve Got the Love” is again pure Kiss but again has that sub-Darkness quirkiness without what some might see as the more annoying aspects of that band. The rest of the record is pretty good too from the catchy sing-along “Ruffneck Woman” to the far more interesting Def Leppard style “Light Me Up” which does buck the trend somewhat.

 

 

 

If you love to rock and you love to party, you probably won’t find much better this year.     


 

 

 

By Leslie Phillips