I was really pleased and surprised by this CD. With all the star power packed into the line up, I was afraid it would be too indulgent, but it is not--just some good straightforward rockin'.
that's one of the things that really struck me about them. Its just rock for the sake of rock. I mean rock and roll couldn't be more out of style these days, but these guys keep it going just for the pure pleasure of playing that music.
(Well I don't know that for sure, lol, they could
be doing it for the money....)
But really, who else is doing pure rock these days? Most of the other rock out there seems to have like a headbanger element or an 80's arena rock element to it or some other thing that makes it slightly unsavory to an early 70's lovin' listener like myself. But this band does appeal to my inner 14 year old...lol which at this stage in my life is very, very welcome.
Other music I feel comfortable calling "rock" which has appealed to me relatively lately would be some Red Hot Chili Peppers, like the Stadium Arcadium album, or some of Chuck Prophet's stuff - which to be honest I'm not yet that familar with.
It just seems like rock got so, I dunno what's the word... YUCKY...that it drove me over to the Americana charts and some folkier type stuff, roots rock etc....none of which was BIG rock.
Them Crooked Vultures are BIG rock, but very tasty, without the 80's smarm. I guess they have a grunge element, seeing as how the drummer was Nirvana's, but it seems OK somehow. It just kind a brings it all back around.