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- Dudesblood by Dan Sartain
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 25 April 2014
Dan Sartain's new album leaps out of the blocks growling like a feral beast. The first couple of tracks on here have really jolted me awake. The opening title track is all chainsaw riffs and punked up synth and shouty vocals that include the word "Die!" a lot. It's like early Therapy? crossed with cheeseball-era Billy Idol. It's audacious and knowingly ridiculous teenage adrenaline rock delivered with energetic abandon.
Straight after that Dan drops the album's secret weapon, a snake-hipped cover of The Knife classic 'Pass This On', Sartain's voice a rich melted-chocolate croon over shuffling drums and guitar. They've kept it simple and faithfully recreated the original track's steel drum melodies and hushed girl back-ups and it works magnificently. I've heard some real stinking covers in the past week and this is a tonic.
Things get much patchier after this though. 'Marfa Lights' is a disposable and overlong ballad, 'Smash The Tesco' is a comedy oi punk song, 'You Don't Know Anything At All' a rough and ready GBV-esque indie rocker...it's a rollercoaster of tightly-written indie rock that pings around between styles in anarchic and distracting ways.
It's not that this is a bad record by any means, but it seems in places like an album with a personality crisis, or perhaps so many ideas that it stumbles over itself trying to express them all. One minute he's David Bowie, the next he's Bob Pollard, the next he's John Lydon, the next he's Roy Orbison. It's left me wondering, under all this impeccable showmanship, who is Dan Sartain?
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