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I can't get past the cliches and the obvious "influence"
on 11 January 2017
For some reason, I really quite enjoyed Airbourne's début album back in 2007 and, so, was happy to order this, their second album back when it was released in 2010. I don't really remember playing it much at the time or having any kind of opinion about it either way but, listening to it now, I'm really struggling to understand why I, or indeed anybody, would have been enthusiastic about such an obvious copy of AC/DC. Their style, their sound, even down to the vocals; seriously, this really could be an AC/DC album if you didn't know any better. Is it bad? No, but it's just so clichéd, so derivative, that is very difficult to get past this perfect carbon copy of the hard-riffing Australian band and treat each of the album's songs with any kind of objectivity. It's good party music, in that you can imagine a lot of rather beered up patrons in a rock club throwing themselves around to one of the very many heavy, high-tempo numbers on this record (and probably saying to each other, “Hey dude, is this AC/DC? Sounds like them, but I don't recognise this song.”), so in terms of enjoyment, people who really love this brand of heavy rock may get a real buzz from hearing this album, but – for me – it grates. Really grates.
I've given it a fair hearing. I had little to no expectations when I put this album on, so I haven't come to it with any kind of prejudice, but, frankly, I just don't see the point to the whole venture. AC/DC were the originals and, simply put, they have better songwriting skills, better riffs, superior lyrics and also manage to execute the whole rock swagger a lot better. This lot, whilst more than competent at their art, are offensively ordinary. I'd offer the opinion that I'd probably enjoy their live show a lot more than listening to, but I'm really not sure that I would. I understand that every generation needs its own bands and, to some, Airbourne may be a fresh, exciting band, but there is a huge difference between influence and imitation and Airbourne fall very firmly into the latter category and sitting through all of the songs (plus the bonus tracks) was sheer tedium. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this release (well, maybe the heavily clichéd lyrics are more than a little problematic), I know with a great degree of certainty that this is a record I neither want to nor will ever listen to again.