19 Feb 2009

Album Review: Hot Leg - Red Light Fever

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

Being a Darkness fan I’ve been really looking forward to getting my mitts on Hot Leg’s debut album and once again, Justin Hawkins has got me jumping around to big, camp rock like there’s no tomorrow. Red Light Fever is a hot album and anyone expecting a toned down version of The Darkness after rehab’s affect on Justin, then think again.

Every track fits in on the record and classic rock toned guitars screech out solo after solo whilst Justin Hawkins’ vocals, dare I say, seem higher pitched then ever. It’s one of those albums where you have to listen to every track once you’ve started the first. There’s certainly a spicy swagger about the band and their confidence comes across in each song.

If you want a to know what the best hits are on the record then I’m afraid I can’t help you. Every tune is good enough to be a single and they are far from slow tempo. The first track “Chickens” features absurdly high vocals with a guitar and Keytar solo just for the hell of it. “Ashamed” is my favourite track and sees Justin duet with Beverli Brown once again after their eurovision embarrassment which is made easy to forgive having listened to this belter. There’s just no holding back and there’s no greater evidence of this then tracks like “Gay In The 80’s” and “Prima Donna” which showcase the best of guitarist Peter Rinaldi.

Justin may of had his rough moments in recent years, but on this album, he always sounds like he’s having a whale of a time so it’s near impossible to listen to a track and not pick up your air guitar.

Credit: Steve | www.theregoesthefear.com

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