When I was asked if I would like to do this review, let’s just say that it was a no-brainer! Having been a fan of this band since I was 13 years old, I was chomping at the bit to hear what new sounds the gang had cooked up this time around! And my, the glory that is The Stray Cats new record “40”! Returning with their first record in 26 years, the band is recharged and ready to rip thing up on this fiery trip down memory lane!
The record kicks off with the rocker “Cat Fight“, which lets you know immediately that the band is still a force to be reckoned with! Track two, “Rock It Off” has a ton of swagger with Setzer’s classic vocals dominating. “Cry Danger” is classic solo Setzer and would fit perfectly on either of his first two solo records. “I Attract Trouble” is a classic Dick Dale style guitar riff with a Cats style jam built over it. “That’s Messed Up” finds Setzer playing an absolutely flawless solo like only he plays! “Desperado” is an all instrumental cut that finds the band ripping through a Spaghetti Western style jam that showcases why this band is so beloved by fans. “Devil Train” is the perfect ending for this record. It’s an all out ripper of a song that is part Rockabilly, Part Spaghetti Western and again showcases just how underrated this band is as technical musicians.
Any band that is looking for advice on how to launch a comeback need look no further than this group! This record is damn near flawless in every way. Not only is the musicianship top of the line, the production is perfect. It’s that brilliant mix of old school production with just a touch of modern ‘stank’ to really drive it home like a brick to the skull! I truly hope this is the beginning of more records from these guys because this proves they can still whoop it up with the best of them!
The record is available for pre-order now. You can also get a Limited Box with CD including 2 bonus tracks and the Stray Cats-themed coasters (2x), postcard and 2 stickers! The record will arrive on May 24.
As well, there is a limited LP on 180 grams silver vinyl that can be ordered here: http://smarturl.it/StrayCats
While this is probably not going to win over tons of new fans, those fans that have long held this band in such high regard are going to be in Rockabilly Heaven. This is a ripper from start to finish that lets you know that even after all these years, the band is still one of the premiere rock n roll outfits in the world!
10 out of 10!
“The Music God” CJ Plain
- Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)
- Rock It Off
- I’ve Got Love If You Want It
- Cry Danger
- I Attract Trouble
- Three Time’s A Charm
- That’s Messed Up
- When Nothing’s Going Right
- Mean Pickin’ Mama
- I’ll Be Looking Out For You
- Devil Train
Brian Setzer (guitar, lead vocals)
Lee Rocker (bass, vocals)
Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)
Mascot Label Group