Heavy Ro­ta­tion

What we’ve been lis­ten­ing to this month

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

1 Col­lide Black Coun­try Com­mu­nion Back in busi­ness again, this ‘su­per­group’ have never sounded more co­he­sive. One of the cor­ner­stone songs on the al­bum BCCIV, it sees Glenn Hughes’s vo­cals neatly com­ple­ment­ing Joe Bona­massa’s pow­er­ful guitar work. Or is it the other way round? What­ever, there’s an un­mis­tak­able charisma that makes it a stand-out cel­e­bra­tion.

2 She’s Got To Be Some­where David Crosby Seventy-six-year old David Crosby’s ca­reer re­nais­sance con­tin­ues apace with his third post-CSN al­bum re­lease. This track, Sky Trails’ smooth-as-silk opener, mar­ries the ef­fort­less slick­ness of Steely Dan with the punchy brass of Chicago, as Crosby’s char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally age­less vo­cal chills your spir­i­tual chardon­nay while ooz­ing class.

3 Stand By My Girl Dan Auer­bach Black Keys man (and col­lab­o­ra­tor with many) Dan Auer­bach has a new solo al­bum, Wait­ing On A Song, from which this su­per-catchy ode to a mur­der­ous house­wife is taken (hop on to YouTube to check out the video. It’s a hoot). Think south­ern soul with slick pop-rock sen­si­bil­i­ties.

4 Bon­durant Women The Texas Gentle­men Lush piece of 70s-ish south­ern good­ness (plus added sea­side-friendly warmth) from a bunch of guys who orig­i­nally got to­gether as a back­ing band for singer­song­writ­ers, in­clud­ing Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane, Shakey Graves and many oth­ers. Ones to watch out for.

5 No­mad Death From Above Toronto’s one-time ‘79 duo Death From Above weigh into their Out­rage! Is Now third al­bum with this rag­ing state­ment-of-in­tent riff mon­ster that bull­dozes from one crescendo to the next. Part-firestorm, part mael­strom, some say it’s punk, but it’s got Tony Iommi writ­ten through it like a stick of Brum­mie rock.

6 Weak­ness The Dust Coda There are pleas­ing whiffs of Black Stone Cherry and Mon­ster Truck – plus a load of hearty soul – in this beefy, catchy high­light from Lon­don’s The Dust Coda. Keep an eye out for the full, self-ti­tled al­bum, due for re­lease on Oc­to­ber 27.

7 The Seven Primus Al­ways odd­ball, never con­form­ist, Primus are en­gag­ing yet bizarre on this song from new al­bum The De­sat­u­rat­ing Seven. It’s all based on a chil­dren’s story about gob­lins steal­ing the colours of the rain­bow. Which is typ­i­cal left-field stuff for this trio.

8 Rebel Bl­itzen Trap­per Port­land group Bl­itzen Trap­per’s sun­shiney-but-smart pop-rock ac­quires some dark coun­try over­tones in this new track taken from up­com­ing al­bum Wild And Reck­less (due on Novem­ber 3). We loved their last al­bum, 2015’s All Across This Land, so it’s great to have them back.

9 Re­cov­ery Is Learn­ing Kim Se­viour Once the voice of Touch­stone, Kim Se­viour is now out on her own – and she’s never sounded more in­di­vid­ual and pas­sion­ate. Re­cov­ery Is Learn­ing, the ti­tle track of her de­but solo al­bum, is haunt­ing and ex­pan­sive, bring­ing out the colour and tim­bre of her voice. There’s drama and em­pa­thy, as Se­viour opens up her soul here in a way she has never has be­fore.

10 Go­ing, Go­ing, Gone The Pro­fes­sion­als Punc­tu­at­ing an im­mense and re­lent­less high-cal­i­bre rhyth­mic as­sault with toothloos­en­ing, punchy so­los, this is ex­actly what you’d ex­pect of any track fea­tur­ing Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Billy Duffy. Go­ing, Go­ing, Gone – a paean to the joys of the nicked guitar – finds Cookie’s re­born Pro­fes­sion­als in blind­ing form.

11 Tin Foil Hat Todd Rund­gren feat. Don­ald Fa­gen A rec­om­men­da­tion from David Crosby, who prom­ises you’ll “laugh like a fool”,

Tin Foil Hat finds the ven­er­a­ble Rund­gren tak­ing a beau­ti­fully ob­served pop at a mys­tery fig­ure with ‘tiny lit­tle hands’ who’s ap­par­ently ‘tweet­ing like a teenage girl’, who­ever that could be. Con­tro­ver­sial, yet candy-coated by Steely Dan man Fa­gen’s trade­mark hon­eyed vo­cal tones.

12 Sa­cred Horse En­slaved Once the mas­ters of the Nor­we­gian ex­treme metal scene, En­slaved have moved in­creas­ingly to­wards a more pro­gres­sive sound over the past sev­eral years. This track, from the al­bum E, con­tin­ues the jour­ney. In­tri­cate, en­velop­ingly at­mo­spheric yet still with an edge, here’s En­slaved cap­tur­ing a mo­men­tous spirit.

13 Pow­derfin­ger Neil Young Recorded at Mal­ibu’s Indigo Stu­dios in in­ti­mate sur­round­ings – Young ac­com­pa­ny­ing him­self on acous­tic guitar – and in­tended for ‘76 re­lease, Pow­derfin­ger boasts a raw, un­tram­melled power be­yond the reach of elec­tric­ity. Ul­ti­mately shelved, it was ear-marked for Ron­nie-era Skynyrd un­til fate in­ter­vened.

14 Fast & Fright­en­ing L7 With their ‘rags to riches to rags’ doc­u­men­tary Pre­tend We’re Dead ram­pag­ing over the hori­zon, what bet­ter time to re­call Sparks, Finch, Gard­ner and Plakas at their re­draw, fe­ro­cious peak. This war-painted, live-in-Fins­bury Park B-side as­sault fea­tures a wheelie-pop­ping L7-alike hero­ine with ‘so much clit, she don’t need no balls’. Nice.

15 Favourite Plea­sures Gun The ti­tle track of the Scot­tish band’s new al­bum, it has their trade­mark abil­ity to com­bine smooth hard rock with funk and a huge dol­lop of melody, but there’s a fresh­ness here that pre­vents it from be­ing a mere throwback. This be­longs in 2017, as Gun show how to bal­ance re­spect for their past with a de­sire to be con­tem­po­rary.

16 Pimp The Tubes They were an amaz­ing, big-draw live band (head­lin­ing Kneb­worth ’78) back in the day, but all the make-up, cos­tumes and props would have meant jack shit had they not also had some killer songs like this or­ches­trated, cin­e­matic gem from Young And Rich, one of the al­bums in their newly re­leased col­lec­tion The A&M Al­bums.

17 Still Of The Night Whites­nake The opener of the just-re­leased reis­sue of Whites­nake’s gold-plated 1987 al­bum, and one of the best Led Zep­pelin ‘trib­ute’ tracks ever recorded. It’s got the thump­ing riff, the un­ac­com­pa­nied vo­cal-wail verse, the Whole Lotta hi-hat-and-cym­bal-pings mid-sec­tion break­down, strings… Coverdale and co. rarely sounded as good.

Dan Auer­bach: south­ern soul with slick pop-rock sen­si­bil­i­ties.

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