A Wild Ride
Exciting is an understatement when it comes to explaining Lords of Altamont’s new album The Wild Sounds of the Lords of Altamont. An album full of pure raw rock that any fan of the genre would appreciate, each song is a hit in its own right. Lords of Altamont aren’t new to the music scene with this being their sixth album, but the energy in the album is equal to that of a band fresh on the scene. With the feel of a ’60s rock album meets punk, the band has an instant classic sound with this exhilarating album.
An early standout is “Been Broken,” which almost feels like it came right off of an oldies radio station. The guitar work in the song is impressive, but the vocals, however, take the rightful space at the center of the action. Lead singer Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere has a Mick Jagger essence to his voice, and his raw ambition throughout this song makes it so enjoyable. “Take a Walk” is another early song on the album that is worth noting. Leaning more towards the punk sound of the band than the oldies vibe, this song makes the listener feel like they’re in a venue listening to it live. Everything about it feels real and unedited, which is what makes it so likable. In this day and age, it’s refreshing to find an album that you can imagine sounding almost identical live as it does recorded.
“(It ain’t) Revolution” is a powerful song off the album that carries a deeper meaning beyond just the basic lyrics. The blues-y guitar starts the song off, before going into Cavaliere’s powerful lyrics. “People talking revolution / then you cry for disillusion / I don’t know how to save your soul.” The concept of revolution has been pretty prominent in society through history, and the concept of being disillusioned by the ideas being presented is not a new one. Whatever the song’s stance on revolution may be, the song is definitely powerful as the lyrics are framed by the incredible musical prowess of the rest of the band.
Some other noteworthy songs are “Fever Fix” and “Can’t Lose.” “Fever Fix” is one of the more fun songs off of the album, due to its repetitive lyrics, memorable guitar riffs, and familiar content. Most people have had someone who they can’t get off their mind, much like the subject of the song.
Another song that feels like it could have come off of an early Stone’s album, “Fever Fix” is definitely a great contribution to an already great album. “Can’t Lose” is another catchy song that listeners will surely enjoy. The music in both songs is incredibly similar, but both stand out in their own right. The refrain and namesake of the song “can’t lose” is memorable, and will surely make this song a favorite off of the album.
Though a bit repetitive in musical style at times, The Wild Sounds of The Lords of Altamont is a fun album with great songs that bridge the gap between modern hard rock, the ’60s rock scene, and early punk music. For fans of the band already, or new listeners alike, this is an enjoyable album that definitely deserves a listen.