I was afraid that
this would be another AC/DC clone rock band from Australia, but with 100 % ROCK
as label it's also what Babyjane delivers on this debut album. They stands for a
simple and straight forward rock n' roll with influences of Skid Row, Guns n'
Roses, Aerosmith and maybe some Kiss in a few tracks, but with more of a sleazy
pub rock touch.
First up is the title track on the album and my godness what a punch I got in
the solar plexus! "Are You Listening" really got me awake and got me in with
full attention already from the first time listening. "Give It All Up" is a more
aggressive track where the singer Andy Smith really shows us what a great front
man he is, with an amazing worn and rough vocal it's gives Babyjane the unique
sound they need in this genre.
My personal goldpiece on this album is: "Town Called Sinner Stone" which is a more
dark track than the earlier songs and it's liberating with good guitar playing
from John Gerasolo. "Twenty Too Many" is a sleazy dirty track with a great
dialogue between the leading and the backing vocals. "Miss Scorpio" is a hard
rock piece in almost heavy metal tempo and the playing joy shines through on
this one. In "Four Rusted Egos" the tempo is calmer and the closest to a ballad
I could find on the album.
The closing track Tell Me (What I Need To Know) is a mix of punk and rock n' roll
and is the only song on "Are You Listening" that they could have left as an idea in the rehearsal
Overall, this is a varied and a enjoyable album to play over and over again.
With this strong debut album in the back, I will look forward to the next album
which is scheduled in mid-2012.
My favourite tracks: Town Called Sinner Stone, Are You Listening, Li'l Gutters
and Can You Keep A Secret?