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Shiraz Lane – ‘For Crying Out Loud’

posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:02 by Paul Woodward

(Frontiers Records)

Review by Woody

Finland’s Shiraz Lane play dirty sleaze with a real old school vibe and their debut album For Crying Out Loud is a mix of British and American sleaze rock influences. I had high hopes for this album and I think my expectations may have been too high as after several spins the album leaves me a little underwhelmed. It’s not a bad album let me make that clear but it’s nothing special either perhaps a little too average to make a major impact on me. It’s an ok listen and there is a couple of good choruses but when you compare them to the likes of Crazy Lixx and Crashdiet they fade well into the background. Some of the reason for that for me is that Shiraz Lane are far less melodic.

I think Sleaze rock fans will be more excited with this album as they have the raucous and rambunctious energy that fuels this style but for me many of the songs miss the mark. Some songs are better than others but I think For Crying Out Loud probably contains too much padding around the decent tracks for the album as a whole to really get the blood pumping.

There is a lot of potential in the musicians in this band and I have faith that they will continue to improve and deliver on that potential with future albums. I also think that these songs may make a deeper impression live as they are full of vigour and energy and I think some of the songs set free on stage may get sleaze fans up and at them!

The stand out tracks for me are ‘Begging For Mercy’ which for me would have been the ideal choice for lead single as it is the most immediate track on the album. It also puts me strongly in mind of The Darkness, not just in its style but also in vocalist Hannes Kett’s vocals and vocal melodies. With the title track ‘For Crying Out Loud’ they were aiming for an anthem feel and with its stirring chorus it is one of the best songs on offer. But for me my favourite song is the album closer ‘M.L.N.W’ which is very different from the rest of the album, more melodic and far smoother, the guitar hook is magnificent and the anthemic chorus and lush vocal harmonies make it a hit with me.

Track Listing: Wake Up / Momma’s Boy / House Of Cards / Begging For Mercy / Same Ol’ Blues / Mental Slavery / Behind The 8 Ball / For Crying Out Loud / Bleeding / M.L.N.W

Album Rating: 6/10

Woody’s Essential Track: M.L.N.W