Saturday, March 19, 2016

Black Label 2000 The Dealer

Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:46:31
Size: 106,41 MB


It's a long time since anyone in Australia cut an album like The Dealer. There have been the odd ones here and there recalling this style of "good ol' boy Southern US of A fried rock", from stalwarts like Peter Wells, but Black Label, if you'll excuse the pun, are the real deal in that department. Right from the opening track, Snake In The Grass, these guys hit the floor with all guns blazing, James Carvin's slide ripping out the riffs before the band settles into a solid boogie over which Steve Mulry's (yes, there's a connection to that other Mulry, and there's something of a similarity in the vocal tones too, naturally) punchy vocals, and things pretty much stay that way throughout the album.

Now when I said Southern rock, it's not pure Lynyrd Skynyrd, whom the boys tribute with the track Southlands. There's plenty of blues edge there, though it's Johnny Winter rather than Stevie Ray, so it's far more raw, open and honest, blues from the gut. There's straight ahead boogie like Good Luck, Good Times, which owes as much to Status Quo (when they mattered, and really could rock) as anything from, say, Foghat or even Rose Tattoo (I can just hear Angry getting his teeth into Motorcycle Rider).

And there are plenty of twin lead lines that recall Thin Lizzy at their finest – check out some of the lines on Tell Me Something New, Bad Influence or Down Hill Road in particular, just for starters – so it's quite a respectable Rock 'n' Roll pedigree we're talking here, though it's a pedigree that bespeaks of the glory days of '70s blues-rock rather than today's version.

And Black Label have no reason to feel the less for wearing their allegiance on their collective leather-clad sleeve. Just turn up the volume and go with it. (Michael Smith)


01 - Snake In The Grass 04:51

02 - Good Luck Good Times 02:51

03 - Mamma Said 05:44

04 - Tell Me Something New 02:40

05 - Down Hill Road 06:35

06 - Southlands 04:01

07 - Bad Influence 05:08

08 - Old Man Jack 03:43

09 - Motorcycle Rider 05:25

10 - Midnight Ramblin' 05:33

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