It’s 16 years since the Avalanches’ era-defining ‘Since I Left You’. How can a follow-up that took so long sound so meh?
Benjamin Booker - 'Benjamin Booker'
The New Orleans newcomer puts his own gnarly spin on vintage rock'n'roll
It's also something of a love affair with the guitar, with Booker and his band firing off Zep-style grandiosity ('Have You Seen My Son?'), proper Bolan pomp ('Happy Homes') and, on 'Wicked Waters', a reworking of Eddie Cochran's ’50s classic 'Twenty Flight Rock'. The best song here though, is 'Old Hearts', which takes the blueprint honed by his rock’n’roll forebears and transports them bang into 2014, gnarly and gloriously unrepentant.
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