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the-dead-daisies-albumReleased: 2013

As the opening soaring chords of It’s Gonna Take Time ring out in a rousing anthem of rock ‘n’ soul, you begin to think that this could be the most accomplished debut album of the year. Then you look at the key players and it becomes clear with the collective credentials on display, it couldn’t sound any other way.

The Dead Daisies are perhaps the most anonymous supergroup out there, but the music speaks volumes, and perhaps being content to shy away from their illustrious past is a good thing. Featuring members past and present of Guns N’ Roses, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and INXS, the CV is long and eye-wateringly impressive. Thanks goodness then that their self-titled debut is a mighty slab of upbeat rockers built on chorus hooks of LA shattered dreams and good time boys.

The cameo of Slash on Lock ‘N’ Load is proof of just how far the Daisy chain phonebook goes, and mixing hair metal anthems alongside the acoustic grooves of tunes like Washington shows you just how long they have been in the game. Indeed the infectious swagger littered across the 12 tracks will have you strutting along with them, and you’ll look damn good doing it.

Given their respective day jobs, it is unsurprising that the record channels the spirit of Guns N’ Roses, Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and sounds like it could have come from any of their catalogues had the neat production not given it away.

At times it does feel like you may have heard it before, but as the old adage goes you’ve never heard it this good. Like all good supergroup projects, it’s a no frills album of quality musicianship meant for fun and nothing else. Electric and more fist-pumping than a boxing match, this album will be on your playlist well into the New Year.

★★★★

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