NASTY IDOLS – Kalifornia

Perris Records

Sweden’s Nasty Idols recently unleashed their sixth album, “Kalifornia”, and just in time for it to slide into my top albums of 2012. Produced by Matti Engdahl and the band, the album is heavier in part than its predecessor, 2009’s “Boys Town”, containing some nice solid production it remains crisp and crunchy throughout, whilst retaining that overall sleazy edge that they are known for.

Of the 12 tracks on “Kalifornia” there is continuous feel with no weak points, the title track itself contains an era defying solo from guitarist Peter Espinoza, whilst “Sister Sin” sounds like the return of 1987. The album’s one slower number “Since U Been Gone” shows the other side of Andy Pierce’s vocals, but if that isn’t your thing don’t worry as it is full tilt on tracks such as “Nightstalkin’”, “Pleasure of The Pain” and “Roadtrip”.

The highlights on “Kalifornia” are rounded off by the likes of “Jack in the Box”, “Sweet Suicide” and “1969 (This Ain’t The Summer of Love)”, but as I said earlier, there are no weak tracks on the album.
Hopefully we will see Nasty Idols touring in support of this new record sometime soon as they have proved that they are as vibrant now as at any other time in their 25 year career so far.

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Nikk Gunns


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