While I might have been Underwhelmed by seeing Neon Animal live at the album Launch a few weeks ago I have to say the band's debut album is a tight focused Rock 'n' roll beast. It opens promisingly with the drug drenched I'm Killing Myself And Everyone Else Is Helping me, so take some drugs and buckle up for a properly debauched album of raging rock 'n' roll in a Psychedelic Furs meets Demolition 23 style.
Spin is a decent look at how little politicians care for the likes of you and me while always looking out for their own. The album title song is next and it is a full blown rock metal hymn to the power of Rock and roll that joins a fairly long line of songs these days hoping to bring back one or other golden era of rock. This one is closer to The Dictators' take on the subject than most and Mark Thorne's vocals have a good raspy feel to them as the guitar rages away in the left speaker before it breaks down for the quiet bit that will of course build around a chant of "Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From the Dead."
This Is The End and yet it's not your only friend. Oh no, but it's a 6-minute epic about the fall of another relationship like a slowly unfurling Psychedelic Furs song although they have poison darts rather than anyone who is pretty in pink. It goes all lighters in the air for the guitar solo that really wants to be compared to Gary Moore's Parisienne Walkways if it could be as the fans blow the band's hair all over the place so to speak. Before the vocals come back in as the song goes all raging and angry as the fight really gets nasty and then it really is the end.
Kiss Like Dynamite is as honed as a tawdry tale of desire and sexual prowess should be. Will we fall for its charms or not? Well if you like your loving all junk shop glam metal then I'm sure you will. Gimme More is a strutting your stuff and asking for what you want brash bit of cock rock.
From Hero To Zero could be about any number of people we have loved and now hate. In this case, it's about a rock and roller who has gone down in everyone's opinion. I'm not sure who it's about but, yep, we all know a few people like this. Cool lyrics and about the most low slung thing on the album.
The Album closes with Bedtime Stories. That does remind me of Demolition 23's Deadtime Stories but that's no bad thing and it is a cool way to end a pretty cool album.
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