Rock and roll, will surely never die – and The Datsuns deliver their fifth album, almost to the day, ten years on from their first – ever defiant of trend, hype or fashionable concern , and evidently, death.
Opening with declarations Gods Are Bored and Gold Halo that are as good as the turn of the century Supergyration or Harmonic Generator – riffs at light speed spark around the thunderous onslaught. It’s as exciting as it ever was.
And then the magic of Axethrower strikes – massive riffs and true boulders of sound tumble over you like a metal avalanche. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s a behemoth. It’s a monolith. It’s amazing.
The Datsuns keep on delivering, track four, Bullseye is solid with a massive hook that is pretty much undeniable. Skull Full Of Bone kicks out and leads with a funked rhythm – the Boogie is alive and kicking.
Midway through, a mood changer, with the atmospheric and massive Wander The Night clocks in with epic proportions – unapologetic of it’s wonderful indulgence – and all the more exciting for it. Helping Hands belts the pace up to something jump inducing – a pace continued in tracks like the quasi AM-throwback Goodbye Ghosts or the honky-tonked and wonderfully titled Brain Tonic or album swan-song Death Of Me. But they ain’t, to coin a phrase, goin’ out like that – because, I get to the end of this record and all I wanna do is push play again.
I love you, chill-wave, but fuck you, chill-wave – this is your anthesis and I love it. - review by Andrew Tidball
RATING : JUST AWESOME Cheese on Toast is phasing in a new album ratings system. I have always struggled with a numerical scale; it feels so finite and arbitrary. So the new scale looks like this :
FREAKIN’ AWESOME / JUST AWESOME / REALLY GREAT / GREAT / GOOD / PRETTY COOL / NOT BAD / COULD BE BETTER / PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY / NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EARS