Taylor Hawkins - Red Light Fever
Drummers rarely get a chance in the spotlight. Very few have managed to have a decent solo career. Phil Collins is likely to blame for this.
One man who have blossomed is Dave Grohl, channeling his Nirvana fame into mega-success with the Foo Fighters. Now it's Foo's drummer Taylor Hawkins getting the opportunity with the release of Red Light Fever, the second album from Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders.
At their best the songs are a high octane, rock n' roll kick in the ass. There's a lot to appreciate in the tight power pop of "Your Shoes", the propulsive riffs of "James Gang", and the delightful no gimmicks rock of "Hole In My Shoe". Even the bold Arena Rock of "Don't Have To Speak" strikes a solid chord.
There's no much beyond those though. The majority of the record is filler ("Sunshine") or bland post-Grunge hard rock ("I Can See it Now", "Hell To Pay", "It's Over"). There's potential in a track like "Never Enough", but the intended slow burn never gets passed a simmer. Even worse is the album opener "Not Bad Luck", a confused jumble that ventures into rock opera territory.
Red Light Fever has a few decent moments, but unfortunately in the end it's just not enough to pull the listener through an entire full length album.
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