Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner Records)
release date: 5/21/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Takes over a minute to get rockin’ (much like AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock,” whose intro “Live it Up” borrows generously from), but from there, the strippers’ll be shakin’ and gyratin’, as long as they can find a babysitter, cuz their out-of-work boyfriend is passed out already and it’s barely noon. Black Dog Barking continues the fine tradition of playing solid, enthusiastic, non-ironic, pretty manly swagger rock. The falsetto flights aren’t twinkie, the group shouts are chest-thumping (but so were Nitro’s, and skills or no, they were some of the worst posers of the lot), and like later/sober Crüe, they’ve got the chops as well as the stick twirls. Some songs seem significantly more “Photograph” gloss than “Primal Scream” hoo-rah, but the whole catalog’ll rock your ass in the arena, especially if those girls keep rubbing up against you as they dance.