This Is How We Roll [LP]
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Down ‘n’ Outz Joe Elliott’s side project away from Def Leppard release their brandnew Studio album This Is How We Roll. The band is founded and fronted by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and backed by members of The Quireboys, Wayward Sons and Vixen. This album made up of original songs all written by Joe Elliott (bar a cover of the Tubes White Punks on Dope is the band’s first album since the Further adventures of was released in 2014. The album produced by Joe and long time Def Leppard engineer Ronan McHugh is the first to contain new songs (the previous albums were as mentioned cover versions) and sees the band channeling a very 70’s feels over 11 new songs and one cover version.
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If you're like me and thought that this is going to be a solid rock album, you'll be very wrong. The single and album title track, This Is How We Roll is a good solid rocker. The guitar playing has a classic Motorhead quality, that appeals to me. Unfortunately, there's only two other rock songs on this album (and that is being generous). Boys Don't Cry is a good enough song but it highly uneventful and Creatures is a quirky Beatlesque song. I would love to hear more of this sort of thing but this is not to be.
The album kicks off with Another Man's War, a mid tempo track that features a little too much plodding piano. It's an alright tune but it goes nowhere and just drags on. Sadly, this is a sign of things to come. Goodnight Mr. Jones is a very good song but again, it goes on way too long and sounds so similar to everything else on the album. Last Man Standing is yet another piano ballad and absolutely dire one. The pace of the album by this point has dropped dead. Walking To Babylon and Let It Shine (with even more endless plonking piano) just goes nowhere.
The one thing this album DOES have going for it is the production. This is a very well crafted album and it really sounds great. Not one instrument over powers another and it makes for a nice experience on the ears. I wish bands like Black Star Riders put this much effort into the sound of their albums. But they make up for it with the fact their songs are at least somewhat enjoyable.
Musically, there just isn't much quality here. The band can obviously play and sing very well. The vocal harmonies on the record are about as good as you'll find anywhere. The guitars have a nice thick sound that rides the bass nicely but they're rarely present on the album. The drums actually sound like drums, a nice rarity thing these days. But this track list of songs just isn't good. It's at least ten minutes too long and needs something to really liven things up.
This Is How We Roll had so much potential to be a great rockin' record but it just falls flat on its backside. I want to know where all the rock n roll went. Even the likes of Ian Hunter who enjoys a piano ballad, has a larger rocker to ballad ratio than this. It's a miserable dire little album and I have absolutely no desire to listen to it again. In fact, it might be one of the rare ones that I'll return to Amazon.
The fast tracks ("Another mans war", "This is how we roll" and "Creatures") will make you get up and dance with a spring in your step.
"Last man standing" is a beautiful ballad that will have you swaying in no time.
"Walking to Babylon" will inspire you to chase after whatever you dream of with gusto.
"Let it shine" will pick you up if you stumble on your walk to Babylon.
I also love the three quirky short tracks, they add something different to the album that I can't quite describe. So these are my favourites, and that only leaves three songs which I also enjoy.
Buy it! Only warning - the whistling at the end (from Creatures) will totally stick in your head :D