When I first heard Airbourne's RUNNIN' WILD album, I thought "AC/DC Rip Off!" When I then heard Airbourne's NO GUTS, NO GLORY album, I thought "AC/DC Rip Off - but not bad!" So now we reach the third album: BLACK DOG BARKING and what do I think? Well, still "AC/DC Rip Off......But goodness me, these guys can rock!" As with AC/DC they're never going to push the envelope but what Airbourne do is to fill the void left by AC/DC as they age, and do it with power and commitment. Certainly the 10 studio tracks presented here will have your car bouncing on it's suspension as the weather improves and you feel the need to crank up the volume to allow all those non-believers the opportunity to get a load of what they are missing - TeeHee! Favourites here are No One Fits Me Better Than You, Back In The Game, Woman Like That and Hungry, but really, there is nothing to really choose between all of these simple, good, old fashioned rocking songs. If you're into the old school of rock, this simply has to be in your collection!
Collect a sledgehammer,a bottle of Jack Daniels and find a brick wall. Drink the whisky, drop the hammer on your feet and knock down the wall with your head. Congratulations you are more subtle than this record. Airborne have found every great riff in the Big Boys Book Of Hard Rock and filled an entire record full of them turned up to 11. And half. Seriously this album is more manly than Chuck Norris beating North Korea with a hard stare.
I love every song. Each rocks like mad and you would have to have no pulse to be able to avoid tapping your feet and nodding your head. Quite embarrassing when in a public space.
Put simply if you like proper old school hard rock this record is one of the best ever recorded. It way better than their first two and they were good. Just buy it.
If your idea of music brilliance is X Factor and the factory of rubbish promoted by Mr Cowell and Co - This is not for you - However if you've got a few brain cells that you call your own and don't aspire to celebrity culture - then this is for you. Yes its got a AC/DC similarity - but these Australians now how to enjoy themselves and invite you along for one hell of a ride. First saw them live at Wolverhampton a few years ago and I'm soo glad I did ( Bring on Download 2013) - I'm in my 50s and still find my-self trying to head bang to these tracks (Ready to Rock and Live it Up are classics) unfortunately my joints aren't what they are used to be Buy and enjoy - and forget the current pop culture that is soo lacking in raw talent.