Junk­yard Drive

Black Cof­fee

Classic Rock - - Reviews - Johnny Sharp

Copen­hagen sleaze rock­ers’ al­most-there sec­ond.

Last year’s hit folk cover Ge­ordie show­cased these ill­groomed Danes’ neat way with a power bal­lad, but you don’t win long-haired hearts with­out crank­ing up the tempo.

On this fol­low-up to last year’s Sin & Tonic de­but, they quickly do that via the Guns-y at­tack of Time Is Over, com­plete with bitchy, Axl-es­que lyrics tak­ing aim at ‘an on­line su­per­star’. Bet­ter still is Back­seat Baby, which flies along like a joy-rid­den sports car fleeing a fleet of cop cars .

The soft midriff of this al­bum once more dis­plays Junk­yard Drive’s skill when they take it slow – Through The Door builds into a stir­ring, windswept epic, Way Too Long is a soar­ing, melodic gem – but the one crit­i­cism of this record is that the mid-tempo stuff can’t quite keep up the same stan­dard, and Sweet Lit­tle Dreamer and Make Up Your Mind be­gin to plod a lit­tle.

Black Cof­fee serves Junk­yard Drive well, then, but maybe a bit more speed wouldn’t go amiss.

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