Album Review: Dance Laury Dance “Hellalujah

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DANCE LAURY DANCE – HELLALUJAH

RELEASED: FEBRUARY 4th, 2014

 

Hard rock doesn’t always have to be serious, which has been well documented through history. Sometimes some bands just want to play loud, but at the same time they make fun of themselves. I get that. Look at Steel Panther for instance as a primary example; but they are an extreme example. Some bands, like Quebec’s Dance Laury Dance (the topic of this article) don’t put their sometimes very silly lyrics at the forefront of their songs; they let the heavy music do the talking while lead vocalist Max Lemire effortlessly blurts out whatever nonsense he feels fits the song. (“I love you white, I love you black/as long as you look human/No I don’t mind if you’re a man or you’re a woman”.)

For the person just looking for a hard rocking good time, Dance Laury Dance’s new album Hellalujah should be just fine. The first track is just that, a hard rocking instrumental called Eternal Death & Brain Caviar, and it’s rather well written too I might say. Its following track, The Hammer & The Nail introduces the full band, vocals and all. It’s a pretty good roadhouse brawling song with the perfect amount of cowbell. Wilder Than I Am speeds things up even more, sounding almost like Motörhead, actually a lot like Motörhead, except the singing. While Max has a very good rasp to his voice, he is definitely no Lemmy. The album only gets faster with the almost punk sped Ride You To Hell, which only clocks in at 1:45, but gets a lot done in that time. Pain slows things way down back to a heavy roadhouse rocking song. Hellalujah really shows promise to this point. That is until No One Left To Blame (featuring Cancer Bats vocalist Liam Cormier to add a little texture to the album).

The second half of the album just starts to sound the same. Stranded In Swifty sounds like you’re listening to another band attempting a boring AC/DC style of hard rock. Right Up The Bracket does change things up slightly, it has a good opening riff a pretty good opening riff and a punk style of singing, but every time I listen to it, and its following tracks; the speedy In The End You Die, and the insignificant We Don’t Fuck Around, I just can’t help but feel that I’ve heard these songs at so many other points on the album. They have their differences, but when listening to the album in full, these songs just leave my mind immediately.

Luckily the album doesn’t leave us empty handed. Killer Shark has something about it that redeems the album, I don’t know if it’s the just over the top silly lyrics, the heavy blues guitar solo, but it stands far above the three tracks that precede it. Then the album ends with possibly the catchiest song on the album. Austin TX has about as much meat to it as the rest of the album, really it almost falls into the obscurity that is the second half of the album, but the chorus is just so damn catchy, and it would almost make the listener forget about any shortcomings on the album.

Hellalujah is not a bad album; it’s just a couple of songs too long. The band does sound like they’re having fun, which I do like to hear, but musically there really isn’t much original about it. However, I think that’s the point, so that fact should be taken lightly. There are a lot of people out there that wouldn’t mind listening to an album that’s full of all loud hard rock with no real sense, to which this album would please, because there are definitely no soft moments, but from a musical standpoint, this is a hit or miss depending on the open-mindedness of its listeners.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT

Austin TX” –­ Though it’s the final track, it was actually about the second song I listened to on the album, and it was so catchy that it just immediately stuck in my head. I think anyone would agree too, because the chorus is so simple, which makes it so memorable, and it’s catchy. This selection isn’t just based on the chorus though, because the song in itself is just as fast and heavy as the rest of the songs on the album.

 

FINAL RATING

7.5 (Out of 10)

 

Track List:

1.

Eternal Death & Brain Caviar

2:18

2.

The Hammer and The Nail

2:50

3.

Wilder Than I Am

3:15

4.

Ride You To Hell

1:45

5.

Pain

4:32

6.

No One Left To Blame (Featuring Liam Cormier)

3:03

7.

Stranded in Swifty

4:48

8.

Right Up the Bracket

3:39

9.

In The End You Die

3:56

10.

We Don’t Fuck Around

2:33

11.

Killer Shark

4:01

12.

Austin TX

3:39

 

Reviewed by Phil Lisotti of Rock Review Phil

 

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