Elec­tric Boys

The Ghost Ward Di­aries mighty mu­sic Swedish funk-o-metal main­stays’ free­wheel­ing sixth.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - dave everley

Stock­holm’s Elec­tric Boys were al­ways glam-metal’s odd men out: less pan­sticked 80s clowns, more Hen­drix-lov­ing 60s starchil­dren. Hav­ing sen­si­bly sat out the grunge wars, they re­turned in 2009 sound­ing even bet­ter than they did first time around.

The Ghost Ward Di­aries wears its class on its bil­low­ing silk sleeves. Open­ing track Hun­gover In Han­nover is clev­erer and catchier than its dun­der­headed ti­tle sug­gests, while There She Goes Again is a big, Bea­tles-reimag­ined-as-arena-rock an­them. There are mis-steps – main­man Conny Bloom’s love of old-school funk doesn’t al­ways trans­late into great songs, as the lead-footed Love Is A Funny Feel­ing proves. But that’s the ex­cep­tion rather than rule, and the Elec­tric Boys’ charge re­mains de­fi­antly pos­i­tive.

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