I thought it was Kings of Leon when I put this record on. And then you think of the 22-20s. And then you retch as you realise this sounds like Jet too. You retch because you actually quite like Jet. Their overly successful blues hype can throw you to raptures occasionally. Like the times when one of their songs comes on in your local indie dive and you can't quite remember who it's by and start dancing with some vigour until you remember it was Jet. *Stop. Retch. *Make no bones about it; opening song, ‘Russian Doll' is an absolute cracker.
I feel that saying that taints this record somewhat for *Dead Fly Buchowski *don't seem to be following any certain trend as such. Well they don't seem to following any one trend. *Roddy Campbell *seems intent on harking back to the olden days one way or another; be it back to the Seattle grunge scene on ‘Been Down Before' or to Sabbath-era metal with ‘Ground Nero'. All the while DFB stay true to the 12-bar, keeping the mood as mellow as Americana on the open road. Even during the 9-minute wankout they use to close The Land of the Rough. It is a Good Thing.
You just get the feeling as you pass unwittingly through the album that no other song on the record will match the opener but there seem to be more than enough killer tunes on this album, with Campbell's fantastic voice, to suggest that Dead Fly Buchowski could make a sizeable impression on this musical world.
8Raziq Rauf's Score