Dirty Rooks, The: This is Grand
Where I come from the word grand can also be used to mean good and If my granddad said that something was grand it would be a big compliment. I'd very much like to say that This is Grand is very grand indeed. I had no expectations at all of this release as I was wholly unaware of the band but now I'm a definite fan. The record begins in slightly strange (but good) fashion with "Death in the Afternoon" which is cinematic yet off-kilter and ends with the rocking upbeat "Popular".
Inbetween we get nods to the Rolling Stones, Springsteen at his most over-the-top and even ska inflected track thanks to some splendid horns. I enjoyed this album so much that unusually for me I actually played it twice in succession after my initial listen – and that doesn't happen often let me tell you. The Dirty Rooks are my first major surprise of 2013 and I recommend This is Grand heartily.
- Death in the Afternoon
- Valentine's Day
- Little Queen
- Ain't My Scene
- When it's Love/ And it's Love
Added: March 11th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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