There's nothing original about Young Heart Attack, but that hardly matters, because Mouthful of Love
is a near-perfect rock & roll album. Bursting with manic energy right from the outset, this Austin, Texas band rip through a 10-song set that sounds like all the best bits of 1970s American rock (with a fair amount of AC/DC thrown in for good measure). So "Starlite" starts out with a keyboard nicked from Cheap Trick before pounding drums drag the whole thing to its anthemic, guitar-soaked conclusion ("I gotta feel like a man / don't you understand?").
This is riff-heavy road music, rawer than the Darkness's debut, but hewn from the same rock (and with a bit more Angus Young to temper the Brian May sound--"Over and Over" even borrows a bit of Young's "TNT"). The addition of second vocalist Jennifer Stephen is a nice touch, tempering the boys' club aspects of a sweaty rock band with a dash of classic girl-group style; the fact that she looks like a Hooters waitress doesn't hurt the band's image, either. Mouthful of Love is everything a rock & roll album should be: sexy, threatening, full of bravado and totally danceable. --Robert Burrow