Truth be told, as long as it’s done extremely well, a rock band can sustain a solid, successful career by making the exact same record over and over. Take for example, AC/DC. And with the release of their sophomore effort, Young & Dangerous, British pop/rock poster boys, The Struts, stick very close to their “comfort zone.”

Produced to palate-appealing perfection, Young & Dangerous picks up precisely where the band’s 2016 full-length debut, Everybody Wants, left off. Packed with heart-stopping arena rock anthems, the 13-song set opens strong with “Body Talks.” However, featuring a guest co-vocal from pop sensation, Ke$ha, it’s the wildly popular, record-ending remix version of “Body Talks” that’s a true standout.

Brimming with signature-style cock rock swagger, the lead-off single, “Primadonna Like Me,” is guaranteed to scratch the itch of dedicated die-hards. Seemingly ripped from “The Darkness 101” playbook, “In Love with a Camera” is equally infectious. While “Bulletproof Baby” also is noticeably derivative of some of the group’s previous earworms, “Who Am I?” is a disco-driven delight that shamelessly boasts a gloriously hypnotic “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”-style bassline.

Hey, are you a “Primadonna Like Me”?


Other noteworthy highlights include the contagious, super-sized “Fire (Part 1),” the familiar-feeling, heartfelt power ballad “Somebody New” and the Queen-caliber epic, “Tatler Magazine.”

With his powerhouse, Mercury-inspired vocals and a knack for engaging storytelling, frontman Luke Spiller captivates from start to finish. In fact, Spiller’s unique appeal — his irresistible charm, honest delivery and distinctive r-r-rolled R’s oozes from the grooves, while his co-founding songwriting partner, guitarist, Adam Slack, brings non-stop Ronson-flavored allure throughout. Add to the mix, Jed Elliot’s precision basslines and Gethin Davies’ bone-cracking drum tracks, indelibly stamped across these Buick-sized sing-alongs, and you’ve got all the components necessary for a world-class rock record that provides MAXIMUM thriller, and MINIMAL filler.

It’s a tried and true axiom, one that still rings true — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hence, The Struts certainly take NO chances with their sophomore slab. But given today’s dry and barren rock landscape, Young & Dangerous is just the right record, delivered promptly when it’s needed most.

The Struts teamed up with Kesha for “Body Talks”.


Young & Dangerous Track Listing:

01. Body Talks – 2:58
02. Primadonna Like Me – 3:23
03. In Love with a Camera – 3:22
04. Bulletproof Baby – 3:13
05. Who Am I? – 3:15
06. People – 3:28
07. Fire (Part 1) – 4:12
08. Somebody New – 3:57
09. Tatler Magazine – 3:04
10. I Do it So Well – 3:18
11. Freak Like You – 3:17
12. Ashes – 4:36
13. Body Talks (w/ Ke$ha) – 2:58

Run Time 45 minutes
Release Date October 26, 2018
Record Label Interscope Records / Universal Music Canada

Author

Christopher Long is a celebrated author, entertainment writer, TV / radio contributor, award-winning musician, popular speaker and international missionary. Referred to once as "the rock and roll Erma Bombeck," Long is known for his conversational, common sense writing style and possessing a passion for sharing his unique perspectives on pop culture, faith and politics. Raised in Missouri's rugged Ozark Mountains and on Florida's sunny Space Coast, Long currently lives near Cocoa Beach. (AuthorChristopherLong@yahoo.com)