But, ultimately, it’s the sheer quality of the songs that is the most seductive thing here. Honey features a sleaze-rock riff Queens Of The Stone Age would kill for; Self Love serves up pulsating fuzz-rock; and Man Of The Hour finds Frank crooning, rather beautifully, about his determination to not succumb to rock star clichés.
And, unlike the rest of us willpower-lacking lightweights, he manages to succeed; crafting an album that nods to the Rattlesnakes’ past but strikes out boldly for a bright new future. Which means that listening to Dark Rainbow on repeat is one New Year’s resolution that will be easy for everyone to stick to.
For fans of: Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood
Dark Rainbow is released on January 26 via International Death Cult