Album review

The Struts 

Could Have Been Me

added: 1 Dec 2013 // release date: 18 Nov 2013 // label: Virgin EMI Records
reviewer: Paul Chapinal

The Struts - Could Have Been Me - Printable version
And The Struts do just that, strut; trouble is thatís all they do. This Derby based band havenít reinvented the wheel with whatís on show on this album sampler. Nor are they venturing into the unknown or any danger of breaking any conventions as is being suggested.

The Struts come from a long line of Stones and Faces influenced bands, who are trying to capture a frisson of the swagger and rebellion that those bands had. Trouble is those bands broke those conventions at the time, a long time ago, and once broken thatís it.

The single Could Have Been Me is a clapalong and sinalong tune that the likes of Slade excelled at. Put Your Money On Me follows with its transatlantic good time vibe. Kiss This is a Stones, Aerosmith ultra-glossy checklist of stadium rock clichťs. I Just Know has a darker rolling shuffle which is pretty good. The sampler ends with You and I, a pleasant pop rock potboiler that has evidence that they may actually have got beyond their dads or even granddads record collections.

Thereís nothing here that is actually bad, and itís performed with some gusto and they are probably good for 30 minutes live. Itís just not that interesting.

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