Led by the man mountain, Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo is back with their first new studio album in 18 years. Unlike many re-union albums, this is worth something, seeing the band producing one of their best ever. The 16 tracks on here are filled with booze, sweat, and gasoline. Always rougher than AC/DC even at their roughest, these guys do the working class grind better than anyone; see tunes like ‘Union Man’. Never a big fan of most of the band’s stuff, I was impressed with this CD from the first track to the last. It is nothing new, unique, or that special, but it is a very good at what it sets out to do. Rose Tattoo is, as it always has been, well produced pub blues rock. Raw and unadulterated, it gets under your skin, if you are in the right mood, and puts a smile on your face. Endlessly on the road, the band is “doing” the festival scene as well as an extensive tour. It is only live that you see why Anderson and Co are still so popular; they give it all, live.
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