Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review
Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review 7
Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review 7
Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review 7
Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review 7
Joe Elliott's // Down ‘N’ Outz // This Is How We Roll // Album Review 7
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It’s been 5 years since the previous release by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott’s side project, Down ‘N’ Outz – 2014’s ‘The Further Adventures of……’, so there has been more than a little interest around this latest offering. Whereas previous albums have been largely made up of cover versions, This Is How We Roll features 11 original tracks with only one cover, a version of The Tubes hit ‘White Punks On Dope’. The band hasn’t been idle though, as this album has been recorded in intermittent bursts during the intervening period, around the commitments the band members had to their other projects, which include The Quireboys, Def Leppard, Vixen and Wayward Sons.
With most of the songwriting duties falling to Elliott, you might be forgiven for thinking this is just going to be a Def Leppard album in all but name, but Down ‘N’ Outz offer Elliott a chance to explore other musical styles and influences that the constraints of Def Leppard don’t allow and the result is an album of many layers. Keith Weir’s keyboard skills are called on continually throughout the album to give us a sound reminiscent of Elton John in his heyday which is echoed by a strong 70’s vibe running through the entire album.
The intro of opening track ‘Another Mans War’, could easily fit into a Meatloaf & Jim Steinman album and it soon opens up into a rockin’ track with plenty of guitars courtesy of The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin and Weir’s piano to get the feet tapping. Then we are treated to the much heavier sound of the title track and the first single from the album, which Elliott’s voice sounds excellent on, backed up by plenty more searing guitar work. But then for me, the album gets a little lost, with 3 or 4 tracks which whilst ok, don’t add anything, until we get to ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ which lifts the tempo again and for me is one of the best tracks on the album. The cover version of ‘White Punks on Dope’ manages to keep the original 70’s feel whilst giving you a sense that the band wanted to be a little mischievous when they recorded it, but they have done a great version of a seriously underrated track.
The band originally bought together to perform music by Mott The Hoople and their various offshoots would always need to move away from it at some point if they were to develop. Lovers of 70’s & 80’s rock, will find something for them here and with the quality of musicianship on this album and with Elliott’s voice rarely sounding better, they are now developing their own sound albeit with heavy influences from the past.
This Is How We Roll is released on 11th October 2019 and the album will be available on CD, LP, digitally and also on limited edition 12” Picture Disc LP.
Reviewed by: Howard Whitelaw 
This Is How We Roll CD track-listing
Another Man’s War
This Is How We Roll
Goodnight Mr. Jones
Creatures
Last Man Standing
Music Box
Boys Don’t Cry
Walking to Babylon
Let It Shine
Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament
White Punks on Dope
The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3

LP / Picture Disc

 

Side One

Another Man’s War

This Is How We Roll

Goodnight Mr. Jones

Creatures

Last Man Standing

Side Two

Music Box

Boys Don’t Cry

Walking to Babylon

Let It Shine

Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament*

White Punks on Dope

The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3

Official site: http://www.downnoutz.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DownNOutz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DownNOutz

YOUTUBE:  http://bit.ly/1hVFjMl

 

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