Review by Glen parkes
Release Date: November 3rd, 2023
In a crowded and competitive music scene, The Struts, the UK’s glam-infused rock sensation, have consistently won the hearts of rock enthusiasts with their electrifying performances and captivating sound. With the release of their latest offering, “Pretty Vicious,” The Struts reaffirm their unwavering commitment to rekindling the flame of rock ‘n’ roll, doing so with an unapologetic swagger that sets the stage for an exhilarating musical journey.
The album opens with “Too Good at Raising Hell,” a bold choice for an opener that immediately thrusts listeners into a whirlwind of energy that persists throughout the entire record. Right from the outset, you are immersed in an explosion of sound that refuses to relent. This track encapsulates what The Struts excels at delivering anthemic, sing-along rock that practically begs to be cranked up to maximum volume.
Frontman Luke Spiller, with vocals that harken back to classic rock legends, infuses a sense of nostalgia with a modern twist. He effortlessly commands the track with his magnetic presence, injecting theatricality into every syllable. “Too Good at Raising Hell” boasts an infectious and larger-than-life chorus that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at their live performances. It serves as a thrilling glimpse into what awaits the rest of the album.
Following this fiery introduction, “Pretty Vicious,” the album’s title track, takes the spotlight. The band maintains its high-octane pace and larger-than-life sound, delivering a track characterized by a catchy melody and punchy guitar riffs. Spiller’s lyrics, which revolve around embracing one’s wild side and seizing life to the fullest, resonate with the rebellious spirit inherent in rock ‘n’ roll. “Pretty Vicious” showcases The Struts’ knack for crafting anthems that make you feel invincible.
Throughout the album, The Struts expertly strikes a balance between their classic rock influences and a contemporary sensibility. The glam and swagger of the ’70s and ’80s remain prominent in their music, yet they inject it with a modern edge, making “Pretty Vicious” an album that can bridge the generational gap and appeal to fans of all ages.
The band’s musical prowess shines on tracks like “Do What You Want” and “Hands On Me.” The guitar work is exceptional, featuring catchy riffs and blistering solos reminiscent of the golden age of rock guitar heroes. The rhythm section provides a solid foundation, ensuring the songs remain tight and driven.
As the album progresses, it becomes evident that The Struts are not limited to high-octane rock anthems. They can tug at heartstrings with soulful ballads like “Bad Decisions.” Luke Spiller’s vocal range takes centre stage, delivering a performance that is both emotionally charged and powerful. This versatility showcases the band’s ability to connect with listeners on a profound level.
“Rockstar” is another standout track, merging infectious melodies with an irresistible, foot-tapping rhythm. The chorus acts as a rallying cry, urging the listener to shed their concerns and dance away their worries. It’s a feel-good, infectious composition that beckons you to move along with the music.
As “Pretty Vicious” approaches its conclusion, “Somebody Someday” provides a fitting denouement. The song reflects on the journey of life and the inevitability of its end, all wrapped in The Struts’ signature theatricality. It serves as a reminder of the band’s songwriting depth, proving their ability to tackle both the exuberant and the contemplative.
In an era where rock music often takes a backseat to other genres, The Struts boldly reclaim their position at the forefront of the genre with “Pretty Vicious.” The album is a testament to their dedication to their craft, their boundless energy, and their steadfast commitment to delivering rock anthems that resonate with fans worldwide.
In summary, “Pretty Vicious” is a dynamic and electrifying album that firmly establishes The Struts as torchbearers of the timeless spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. From the rebellious energy of “Too Good at Raising Hell” to the anthemic title track “Pretty Vicious” and the heartfelt ballads, this album showcases the band’s versatility and their ability to capture the essence of rock ‘n’ roll. With each track, The Struts remind us that the spirit of rock is very much alive and kicking.
Prepare to raise your fists, sing along, and let loose as The Struts invite you to join their riotous party with “Pretty Vicious.” It’s an album that is sure to leave you invigorated and ready to conquer the world, one rock ‘n’ roll anthem at a time. Don’t miss out on this wild and unforgettable ride.