The Rock*A*Teens – Sixth House (album review)

by Woody on July 2, 2018

Photo by Brett Falcon

As I mentioned when I posted about the release, The Rock*A*Teens were brought to my attention after their breakup by Will Sheff. It is one thing for me to get amped up for a band that I loved back in the day but it feels a little different with a band that I completely missed the boat.

Or so I had thought, from the first minute I heard this album I was hooked. This is gritty, no-frills rock music. And while when bands push the limits, it is refreshing to hear a band just plug in and let it rip. And that’s what you’re getting here, four talented and middle-aged dudes that are just getting after it.

The first half of the album is fucking brilliant. The punchy Lady Macbeth is track that feels like you’re climbing up hill only to fall back before heading up again. It is a dark track with a nasty guitar lick to it. Turn and Smile follows and leads into the highlight of the album, the ragged and rocking Go Tell Everybody. The back half is no less an achievement, starting with exhilarating Closest To Heaven and closing with epic sounding Crystal Skies.

Tough for me to compare this to their older stuff as I wasn’t really a fan back then. But I’ve spun Sweet Bird of Youth a few times; which most seem to agree was their high-water mark. While they sound a little older and less harried; the magic is still there. These guys still got it and better late than never, I’m a fan.

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