SPV www.spv.de [Release date 18.09.15]
The Jokers return with their third album and like fellow hard rock revivalists The Answer, they need this album to bump them up to the next level. Heck if a distinctly average band like Rival Sons can make headway The Jokers should be streets ahead after this album. ‘Hurricane’ is another good ‘un and has more than a tip of the hat to the blues rock of Free and Bad Company.
Opening with ‘Run 4 Cover’ with its Who like intro the band are off and running. This song is a perfect single with an instant chorus, as would the AC/DC approved riffage on ‘Lockdown’.
The band have played a lot of live gigs and it shows in the music as the band come across confidently. Vocalist Wayne Parry has a vocal that can rock like the proverbial hurricane on the title track or hit that slow, bluesy vibe on ‘Summer Time’. This song is a real treat, recalling David Coverdale in his prime and not unlike the Whitesnake tune ‘Sailing Ships’ in its style.
‘Dream’ is the band’s epic, well it tops six minutes with most other songs under four minutes in length. Again the vocal stands out coupled with a couple of tasty solos from guitarist Paul Hurst.
Now this band have paid their live dues and are due a break, here’s hoping this album does that as it is very good indeed. Classy and catchy hard rock with a blues edge, go on give it a listen, you know you want to… ****1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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