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THE TREATMENT RUNNING WITH THE DOGS REVIEW2014

 

THE TREATMENT - RUNNING WITH THE DOGS

SPINEFARM / CAROLINE AUSTRALIA

SEPTEMBER 1 2013

 

 

Debuting in 2011 The Treatment made a huge impact with ’This Might Hurt’ and three years later here comes that ‘difficult second album’ in ‘Running With the Dogs’. With a press release that namechecks everyone from Mott the Hoople, AC/DC, Zeppelin, Kiss, Motley Cue and Guns ‘n’ Roses, kind words from some of Rock’s greats and a swathe of Festivals and great support slots behind them you’d think you were onto a sure fire winner?

 

‘Bleed Rock and Roll’ that opens drips all the right sort of clichés, coming across like a more melodic Crue with a Krokus/ACDC grind and eighties Hard Rock sheen. It’s not new of course but it’s done with belief. ‘Drop Like a Stone’ that immediately follows just takes a dirty riff and runs with it, simple and infectious.

 

If you like your Rock without a care ‘Get the Party On’ is one of those tunes they used to sing along to in stadiums, and along with the title track that follows you have the albums most convincing moments.

 

The quality doesn’t stop there though: best of the rest include the best hook on the album with ‘Outlaw’ the best sing along with ‘Emergency’. After a while though things do start to feel a little samey, and while that works for the biggest bands – like AC/DC it’s hard for a new band to get away with it to quite this extent. The saving grace for The Treatment is that they do have the songs and they can mix it up. ‘Clouds Across the Sun’ is a competent slower number with a Beatlesque hint that is what I’d imagine a merging of Enuff Z’Nuff and Tesla would bring. And if you like it harder try ‘Don't Look Down’ – it will win you over. This is an album that will keep you listening to the end ‘What is There to Say’ is as close as I can imagine a Meatalized Status Quo meets the Ramones!

 

At thirteen tracks you get your money’s worth and it’s all good! I’m ready for the treatment now!

 

A deluxe edition of the CD (not reviewed here) adds six more tracks – four new and two acoustic versions of album tracks.     

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

THE TREATMENT - RUNNING WITH THE DOGS REVIEW 2014