Sound — 10
What an album & what a band, 67 Special's 2nd full length album definitely hit's all the right notes! 'The Devil May Care' brings forth a more uptempo approach with catchy guitar hooks & Gun Blazin' Stand offs in mind! Maturity (although still in mid-'20s) is the key here as this hardworking Melbourne outfit consisting of Gavin Campbell - lead guitar, Ben Dexter - drums, Bryan Dochstader - bass & vocals, Louis Macklin - keyboards & Ash Santilla - rhythm guitar & lead vocals, gain the expertise of well known US producer Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon). Through the rockier, upbeat songs the lads are able to convey a more steady, free-flowing approach that will surely get the heads banging & the bodies swayin'. The ballads have one thing in mind, to reach out & connect with the listener (Ash can make this seem really easy), it's all about heart & these guy's have no shortage of it! gavin's infectious guitar twanging & hammer-on's are prevelant throughout but with indeed, finesse. Ben dexter's drum playing is consistant, reliable & forms a great partnership with bassman Bryan, who brings his sexy & finger thumping funk' (& backup vocals) skills to the mix, also Doubles with the main axemen very well. Loudog MacKlin is just sensational on keys, as intriguing as ever but with the same formula! Guitarist & vocalist Ash is as prolific as ever, do I need to say more? The sound in general is well established (the boys have been in the scene for almost a decade) & it's easy to see where these guys draw their influences.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are well derived from the boy's daily experiences & project them neatly & intensely through your speakers! Drugs, alcohol sex & women are coupled with insecurity, depression & the grind of becoming a mainstream (Australia anyway) band to give the listener grand connection to what these guys are trying to portray. through the softer numbers You can't help but think about your own situation, to connect that well is quite powerful! Compliance of lyrics to music is the fortay on this album. Ash Santilla's vocals are second to none! from the screeching to the yielding, to the ooohhh's & the aaarrgh's. Ash is in a league of his own, & once again through feeling & heart is he able to pull your imagination right of your head! He definitely turns this band full circle!
Overall Impression — 10
Anyone who haven't heard of this band (& there are a a lot of you out there) 67 Special's 'The Devil May Care' is a superb introduction! A definite winner for those true Rock & Rollers & simply a must have for anyone else! it's fair to say that it's not the most original album but after a couple of plays you will have it highly rated & kept in the upper echelons of your collection where you'll never forget of it's existence! Stand out songs for me was 'Killer Bees', 'Shot at the sun', 'Patch me up', 'Quickdraw', 'Round & Round' & 'It's not like you', though each song is unique with genre-busting rock & heartened ballads! after watching These lads live(twice in two days) I have become an avid fan of the Spesh & believe 'TDMC' is a step up(or 1/2 a step for fans) from their first release 'The World Can Wait'. These lads have the uncanny skill to reach out to an audience & capture a lot more than just the imagination. there's no way I'd be caught without this album it's so dearly treasured! So get out there & chase this album down now! The world can no longer wait. On ya lads, keep up the tunes & have a VB for us!! c ya at the PB.