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THE SPACE COWBOYS Dead End Streets & Devils Night
Bad Reputation (2006)

Quickly leaving any possible comparisons to Steve Miller to one side The Space Cowboys are a loud, brash Swedish outfit owing more the all out heavy rock 'n' roll of Motorhead and The Ramones than the old 'Joker'.

However, and perhaps more importantly, they are accessible enough that fans of the heavier works of recent crossover successes Jet and Kings Of Leon might also find something to interest them on this album.

Thirteen track and about thirty-five minutes of no let up heavy rhythm, hammered drumkit and the odd soaraway solo later it clear that they're put a good solid set together and are perhaps only the memorable hook away from a hit single that would break them to a bigger audience.

To be fair, Gotta Go is so nearly that track whilst Damnation High, opener Sleeping Energy and Dead End Streets also stand out. Dirty Mind has all the subtlety of Gene Simmons lecturing on the facts of life whilst It's About Time stands proudly over the rest as their most accomplished track.

An admirable short, sharp hit of high octane, raw rock 'n' roll that has little variation but plenty of energy and attitude.


Review by Bill Leslie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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