CD REVIEW: THE SCREAMING JETS – CHROME
Dinner For Wolves
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
It’s been almost eight years since The Screaming Jets last full-length album Do Ya, and for a band always welcome to visit, that is almost an eternity.
Returning to their earlier days with songs mostly from Paul Woseen and production from vet Steve James, Chrome is a shiny (well, I had to, really) and punchy addition to their catalogue.
Gleeson – still touring with both The Jets and The Angels – is in fine vocal form, while the band – Jimi Hocking, Scott Kingman, Mickl Sayers and Paul Woseen – are pure rock n’ roll in the finest Aussie tradition, and manage to capture the energy and tension of a live show in the groove of Chrome.
Opener Automatic Cowboy can go straight to the Pool Room – or the live set list, might be more appropriate. No Place Like Home is a mature, reflective ballad, whilst Scar and Grip are as pack as jagged a wallop like razor blade-packed boxing gloves.
The trick with a gritty rock n’ roll band with 25 years of favourites under their belt, is to craft new material which has a chance of standing up next to their known-and-loved classics. In Chrome Screaming Jets have succeeded wonderfully.
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