Let’s be honest for just a second shall we. I get a lot of albums sent my way for review and I mean a lot. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention. Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest release in by Canadian based Dirty Hurricane entitled Rude, Crude & Unattractive. The album bursts to life with the fantastic rocked out fusionist sound and follows through with a wonderful sequence of songs, ten of them to be exact. It twists and turns the way great albums should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven rock n’ soul and a lot of harmonic goodness. Dirty Hurricane are Bob Brown – Vocals — Joe Leskovar – Guitar,Vocals — Terry Robertson – Guitar,Vocals — Roy Zimmermann – Bass Guitar — Andrew Stevenson – Drums,Vocals. I really like to song line up – the way each song transitions through to the next creating much in the way of a party gone out of control. So many bands and record labels get this basic skill so wrong. They fail to listen to the songs at their disposal and seemingly throw the album together without giving it any real thought. I’ve known people who work to formulas making sure that their best songs start and finish the album with the remaining tracks squeezed between in a slapdash fashion. That’s not the case with Rude, Crude, & Unattractive in fact each track could probably survive on its own merits, but the album just flows so well. Dirty Hurricane could easily heralded as classic sounding classic-rock but there is so much more to them. I hear Lynard Skynard, The Black Crows, Barefoot Truth, and even Humble Pie. Some pieces stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience “Sally Friday” and “Long Way to Go” but there is a deeper and sharper edge to songs like “I’m Gone” and “Show Me Your Charms”. The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive rumble tumble vocal performances from Buzzsaw Brown are a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation of this band is essential to their artistic and commercial potential. The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the Sixties and the Seventies when musicianship did matter! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing Dirty Hurricane’s strong relevance into the modern world. The band should achieve good support from radio and appear to be critical darlings of the Toronto area, but I am left bemused how they are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for these guys? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of this album. Rude, Crude, & Unattractive is a must have and in the class of al by itself. Looks like Rock n’ Roll is still alive – especially up north.
Rating – 8.5/10
Best track – Sally Friday
Review by Jennifer Hurtzler
edited by Michael Rand
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