Thursday, June 4, 2009

Living Things - Black Skies In Broad Daylight (2004)

The Living Things' Steve Albini-produced debut is a raging slab of straight-up rock & roll. The songwriting is as terse, catchy, and rough-hewn as the Ramones; the production open and gritty. 'Black Skies in Broad Daylight' isn't a retro, New York punk record, it's a hard rock album. A song like "March in Daylight" has elements of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's garage psychedelia and Guns n' Roses' L.A. rock blitz. Pop moments could be Kiss ("End Gospel") as easily as the Jesus and Mary Chain ("New Year"). Sounds misguided? Remarkably Black Skies in Broad Daylight is entirely cohesive, like the Strokes amped up on AC/DC. They have just released a new album 'Habeas Corpus', but the result hasn't by far the same level as their debut.

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