Danko Jones new release, Wild Cat

For a band to be putting out their 8th studio album they must be doing something right, the Canadian trio Danko Jones  have just released Wild Cat with another 11 tracks to add to an already impressive catalogue . They band have built up a deserved reputation of delivering live since forming over 20 years ago, they also bring that same driving force to this new albums 11 tracks. Its unmistakably branded with the Danko style that kicks off with I Gotta Rock, the dry throaty vocal over the rattling drums opens the album before the intense guitar and bass set the pace. My Little R&R has a slower build up to it with shades of the Rolling Stones under cover coming through, but has you singing the chorus like it’s been around for years. Now everyone take influence from somewhere or another and originality is what you do with it yourself, on you are my woman it seems that the band has thrown this concept out the window and paid homage to the great Thin Lizzy. There is more than a passing resemblance here to Phil and the boys, and if that’s the intention they have made a dam fine effort. The trials and tribulations of being in a band so long are celebrated now with Do This Every Night, obviously life on the road is still what the bands about and there doesn’t seem to be a let up very soon. The title track starts with a near rockabilly beginning  before the rock guitar come gate crashing in to the party, the solo guitar work on this track needs fingers of elastic and perseverance to an end. The dirty, sleazy side of Rock n Roll cavorts around your ears now with Success in Bed, a sexualised all night session on the mattress is the subject although being described in sound. A theme running through the end of the album is that of the female form, complimenting the strong woman who knows her mind and her body.

Danko Jones are a band that have a very distinct style of play delivered with a vocal that could blow your windows in, it’s not changed much over the past few years and maybe it would be a mistake to try. The success of the band lies with that distinct throbbing rock sound, with the strong powerful vocal delivering on every clichéd word just as others have done before. If you are partial to a bit of classic rock in your ears then you will no doubt enjoy adding this to the rest of your Danko Jones albums.

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