I must admit that at first glance, I was not impressed: the pretentious black and white cover, the pompous and vacuous title of "Great Western Valkyries" and the record company's pitch" an electrical surge of pure rock 'n' roll adrenaline," made me wrinkled my nose and sighed. But oh, I was wrong. This is nothing less than soundly music history that manages to be keen and warm.
Rival Sons are from Long Beach in the USA and this is their fourth studio album since 2009. Fact that the sign was of Earache (who are mainly occupied with death metal) is very strange, but the company has been here a goldmine. The Great Western Valkyrie's songs have great variety without leaving a fragmented impression. It is sometimes The Doors-flipped and sometimes straighter. It's Hammond organ and tambourine. It's distorted vocals and Californian surf vibe. It's blues and occult 70s. And the album is strong: "Electric Man" which was released as a single is not the best song - both the heavy "Open my eyes," and the more narrative "Rich and the Poor" Stuck faster.
The singer Jay Buchanan sings with a mature self-evident. He mastered the rock's entire directory, and in the ballad "Where I've been", he flaunt. It has a strong country feel and might as well be sung unadorned by Shania Twain. I think the song and the whole album will be cranked much on the lawns in the summer.