The Struts return with only their third album, Strange Days, quite an apt title in these weird and wonderful times we are all experiencing the in surreal dream that is 2020!
These guys seem to have been around for a lifetime, relentlessly touring throughout, with their in your face bravado and larger than life personalities The Struts have make quite a mark on the UK Rock scene and beyond laying down a foundation of bad-ass Rock ’N’ Roll to remember. So they’re back with their third album, which for a lot of bands can be a challenge, riding the crest of a wave with their bold introduction to the scene, the pressure of the follow-up and then that awkward third album, any hang-ups here? Nope!
Clearly, these guys have it all sussed out and are taking it all in their stride, never mind it’s only their third studio album they have enlisted A-list celeb’s to partake on this stellar recording, Tom Morello, Robbie Williams, Albert Hammond, and Def Leppard duo Joe Elliott & Phil Collen. The album itself is packed with absolute bangers, a party album from the off, it will have you warbling along in no time with the beautifully composed and melodic beauties dotted throughout.
‘I Hate How Much I Want You’ is a perfect example with messers Elliott & Collen, kicks off with a bitching riff and an easy on the ear melodic intro by vocalist Luke Spiller before the huge singalong chorus breaks through with Elliott and co onboard. Morrello’s involvement in ‘Wild Child’ is one of the highlights of the album for me, one of many.
The Struts seems to have this Rock ’N’ Roll thing in the bag and no doubt will continue beyond 2020 making albums that will engage and excite, Strange Days indeed, but well worth a listen.
Strange Days is available everywhere now via Interscope/ Polydor Records.
01 .Strange Days (with Robbie Williams)
02. All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)
03. Do You Love Me
04. I Hate How Much I Want You (with Phil Collen & Joe Elliott of Def Leppard)
05. Wild Child (with Tom Morello)
07. Burn It Down
08. Another Hit Of Showmanship (with Albert Hammond Jr)
10. Am I Talking To The Champagne (Or Talking To You)