By 1984, Rose Tattoo was down to only two original members, vocalist Angry Anderson and bassist Geordie Leach, who'd played together since their early 70's band Buster Brown. They'd started the ball rolling in the first place, and they set out to prove they were gonna' keep it rolling.
Southern Stars may sound a few steps closer to mainstream hard rock than Scarred For Life, and I'll admit I'd had my doubts as the other band members dropped out one by one, in particular, Pete Wells, but this album delivers the goods. Guitarists John Meyer and Greg Jordan along with drummer Scott Johnston earn their keep. There's no weak music here, and Anderson delivers strong lyrics of both personal and national freedom, perhaps some of his finest. The songs are so good it's hard to pick favorites. Mostly made up of rockers and anthems, there is a slow number (No Secrets) though it's not a love song like spandex bands would've done, and The Pirate Song is reggae.
If you liked the other Rose Tattoo albums, you owe it to yourself to get this one, too. Admittedly a lot of the punk edge is gone, but this is a mature band that still knows how to rock. And Angry's still got it!