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DIAMOND-DOGS-QUITTERS-AND-COMPLAINERS-REVIEW-2015

DIAMOND DOGS - QUITTERS AND COMPLAINERS ALBUM REVIEW

LIVEWIRE / CARGO | Release Date: August 14 2015

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Diamond Dogs has that earthy country-tinged Blues and good time rock and roll sound that recalls The Stones of a certain vintage and particularly The Faces, and if you want latter day comparisons then think The Dogs D’Amour or The Quireboys. It’s a sound that will definitely appeal to some but be little more than an anachronism for others. A lot of course depends on how much you love those originators, but mostly how well the Diamond Dogs take on that mantle.   


‘Runaway Romeo’ pretty much says it all – all ‘Faces’ and barroom grit:  a great song just like the very Slade-flavoured ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’ that follows hot on its heels.


That is pretty much the story of the album, fine seventies-styled rock that to some will seem timeless and to others tired. At the Rockpit we very much fall into the former category and have long appreciated the work of the Dogs but the truth of the matter is that this could well be their very best.


Listen to the barroom rock of ‘Stop Barking Up the Wrong Tree’, or the smoky tap-room Stones-like ballad ‘Broken’ with its swirling Hammond; maybe even sample a glass of the classic rock ‘Goodbye Troubled Soul’ or the good time roll of ‘Rollercoaster’ and we’re only just dipping a toe in.


This is a great ride and if you love this vintage sound like we do it’s essential. If you’re still not convinced the bonus 70 minute live set ‘Let’s Have It – Live in Bilbao’ is worth the price of admission alone, and the band sounds great. It’s not often you can say that a band 12 albums and 23 years into their career hits their peak!

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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