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The Wildhearts – ’21st Century Love Songs’

Graphite Records
Airbourne, Slash, Thunder, Terrorvision
Release Date
September 3, 2021
Graphite Records

You wait an entire decade for a new Wildhearts album, and two arrive in (relatively) quick succession. And furthering the claim they are a bit of a national treasure, the latest release “21st Century Love Songs” is an “all thriller – no filler” hard rocking cracker. Ginger and co add more of everything on this; it’s loud, it’s got hooks, melodic lines that carry you away, chunky riffs and some outstanding soloing. You could even say (cliché alert) they’ve turned it up to 11.

Picking up from, and indeed picking up the pace from, 2019’s ‘Renaissance Men’, this is no easy-payday “this is us still sounding like us, by numbers” album like a few recent offerings by bands of a similar vintage, this is fresh, fun, and relevant. You’re not going to mistake it for anyone else, there’s still the same deliciously awkward crunches between sections, the familiar “half-a-step” tempo and time signature changes that make them so difficult to replicate at home for really, really frustrated amateur guitar players (despite countless attempts and doing the “storming off muttering under my breath” errm, if it was me that is). Keeping alive the quintessence of P.H.U.Q, and to these ears at least, adding a healthy splash of the optimism and joy of side project “Hey! Hello!” I strongly suggest this will feature in many end of year lists for both Rock journos and general lovers of good old-fashioned Rock and Roll.

Standout track? No. There’s not really a weak moment, and it’ll take many more listens to pick a favourite. “Sort Your Fucking Shit Out” is undoubtedly going to be a monster live though, with a stormer of a shout along for the fans.

Joyous, riotous fun. Highly recommended

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