THE HOT SPROCK­ETS

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Records Rock’n’roll is dead? The Hot Sprock­ets beg to dif­fer – the Dublin quin­tet’s sec­ond al­bum re­mains brazenly in thrall to the louche hip-swag­ger­ing bom­bast of Sticky Fin­gers- era Rolling Stones. Boo­gie Woo­gie could be a Them B-side, al­though Quar­ter Roam and Show Me the Weight tip the Kings of Leon-es­que, con­tem­po­rary end of the scale, a fac­tor ex­ag­ger­ated by Wayne Soper’s hoarse, twangy drawl. A bal­ance is struck be­tween ram­bunc­tious blues-rock ( Heavy On, Soul Brother) and laid­back melodies ( Homes­lice). On the downside, the un­even track­list­ing isn’t con­ducive to sus­tain­ing mo­men­tum, and the Sprock­ets’ ten­dency to slip into cliché is com­pounded by the likes of the dull Lay Me Down. Still, while their schtick is nei­ther in­no­va­tive or orig­i­nal, it does main­tains a cer­tain charm. the­hot­sprock­ets. com Down­load: Soul Brother, Shake Me Off

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