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Classic Album Review: London Quireboys | This is Rock ’N’ Roll

The veteran blues-rockers' first album in a decade is full of pleasant surprise.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Surprise No. 1: 1980s blues-rockers The London Quireboys are still around. Surprise No. 2: Nearly a decade after their last album Bitter Sweet and Twisted, these guys are back with a third album. Surprise No. 3: It rocks.

And that’s rock as in guitar-driven, old-school, swaggering blues-rock a la Rod Stewart and The Faces (singer Spike is a vocal dead ringer for Rod’s rusty-piped delivery), The Rolling Stones (guitarist Guy Griffin has Keith’s choppy Chuck Berry style down cold) and The Black Crowes (before they turned into a bunch of doped-up jammers). Sure it’s retro and derivitive — so are nu-metal and teen-pop. Only difference is I don’t expect to see Fred Durst and 98° being this good in 10 years.