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Diamond Dogs – Up The Rock

Label: Locomotive Records
Format: CD
Released: 2008
Reviewed By: Stingray

Hailing from Sweden, the Diamond Dogs were formed in the early 90’s, by vocalist Sulo Karlsson, mixing laid back guitars by Anders Lindstrom and Stevie Klasson with some honky tonk piano by Henrik Widen. Also in the band are Stefan Bjork on bass and Jesper Karlsson behind the kit, giving “Up The Rock” the classic rock with a little Rockabilly feel.

The rough and smoky vocals work well with the tracks "Down in the Alley Again", “Generation Upstart”, and “Come Easy Come Slow”. "Where Are You Tonight" and "If I Ever Fall In Love With You" are slow and bluesy, but Sulo’s vocals just don’t want to slow down for them.

When I first started to do some research, the only thing I was able to find was links for David Bowie, and Bowie tribute bands. But I kept at it and finally found their CD’s available thru Amazon and CD Universe, where customers have also bought Mariah Carey’s Christmas CD. What’s up with that shit??

I occasionally shop on-line and in stores for new music, however, this would not be one I would pick up. Just by the cover alone, their name logo along with the artwork looks like this album came out in the 70’s, not in 2008. Upon listening, that’s what you get, classic sounding rock. It’ll blend right in with your Cheep Trick, Bowie, Mott The Hoople and T-rex.
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