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Album Review: Airbourne – Boneshaker

Aussie rock’n’rollers Airbourne keep cranking on Boneshaker…

Five albums in, you might expect Airbourne to have flagged somewhat. They have a pretty simple remit, after all, and as Boneshaker’s title-track kicks things off with a slow beat and a riff that could have been lifted directly from AC/DC circa For Those About To Rock…, it seems that not much has changed. 

Producer Dave Cobb (Chris Cornell, Shooter Jennings) offered an alternative title for the album, This Is A Fuckin’ Rock N’ Roll Record, and that’s the beauty as well as the limitation of it. Rampaging through 10 tracks in half an hour, the Aussie quartet have no pretensions that they deliver anything else, but they sound fantastic. 

Despite having more of a reputation in the country sphere, Cobb has captured a raw live energy that they’ve never quite managed to harness in the studio before. Add some genuinely brilliant anthems like Burnout The Nitro and This Is Our City, and this is Airbourne doing what they do best… only better.

Verdict: 4/5

Posted on October 25th 2019, 9:00a.m.
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