ROCK

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Steve Creedy

AIR­BOURNE were sup­posed to be the next wun­derkinds of Aus­tralian retro rock, with a $ 2 mil­lion, five- album deal with US- based Capi­tol Records that would show­case their 1980s- style metal sound. A takeover bid put paid to that deal but the War­rnam­bool boys were able to bring back and re­lease the album they recorded in the US with Nev­er­mind pro­ducer Andy Wal­lace. Fans of AC/ DC, the An­gels or Rose Tat­too will all recog­nise where Air­bourne are com­ing from, but they will be jus­ti­fied in won­der­ing where they are go­ing. It is one thing to pay homage to your in­flu­ences but quite an­other to be sub­sumed by them. Run­nin’ Wild is wellplayed, solid rock ’ n’ roll, but it lacks the depth and orginal­ity that makes a truly great album. It ends up sound­ing too deriva­tive with­out the great hooks or truly mem­o­rable licks that pro­pelled AC/ DC on that long jour­ney to the top. More vari­a­tion be­tween tracks also would not have gone astray. Still, there is po­ten­tial here if th­ese guys ex­pand their hori­zons and tap their creative juices. Run­nin’ Wild Air­bourne Capi­tol/ EMI

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