This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
“If you wanna know how to play the blues,” growls Danko Jones, “get yourself a woman.” Looks like The Mango Kid hasn’t been so lucky in love lately.
But his loss is definitely our gain — his new full-length Born A Lion is the loudest, hardest, fiercest and most solidly ass-kicking effort yet from this hard-rocking Montreal singer-guitarist. Like a stoner-rock band crashing a love-in, like George Thorogood grooving on an overdose of Spanish fly, like Big Sugar swapping spit with Prince, Jones and his rocket-in-the-pocket rhythm section fuse the solidly aggressive 12-bar choogle of ’70s blues-rock with lyrics that name-check everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Robert Johnson and spin enough of Mr. Jones’ smooth-talking lover-man jive to make Barry White seem like Barry Manilow. “I might not know how to look a girl in the eye / I might not have the right pick-up lines,” confides Jones. “But I learned the Lovercall.” In other words, the lion knows how to roar — and this time he’s out for blood. Welcome to the jungle, baby.