A dependably enjoyable set of bulky, countrified rock songs
The 42-year-old member of The Raconteurs is back with a dependably enjoyable set of bulky, countrified rock songs on this, his fifth solo studio album. The only major difference from previous records is that the tunes aren’t as world-beating as they were on, say, 2012’s excellent ‘What Kind Of World’. Jerry Lee Lewis piano melodies are tapped out (‘Swallow You Whole’), Ryan Adams country blust-alongs are breezed through (‘Diamond’) and horrendously clichéd lyrics about a “diamond in the rough” are rolled out. In fact, ‘You Were Right’ pretty much fulfils all the criteria for being a successful radio rock record, apart from the one about having a chorus you can actually remember 12 hours after hearing it.