Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Album Review: The Dwarves- The Dwarves Invented Rock and Roll

The Dwarves
The Dwarves Invented Rock and Roll
***and1/2 out of *****
After a surprising "comeback" album in 2011 called The Dwarves are Born Again the Dwarves have once again returned to their bread and butter which they deviated from on 2004's The Dwarves Must Die. That winning formula is a punk rock vibe that at times can veer into hardcore, but will more likely swing into a pop/punk gem 

From Chicago but based in San Fransisco the band loves tossing out politically incorrect lyrics and nudity filled cover art but the music is top notch rock. Tracks like "Love Is Fiction" mess with slamming drums and head banging beats, but still manage soaring solos and sing along worthy choruses that could even be considered radio friendly if there was still such a thing.

This disk starts off on a heavy tip with the blistering trio of "Hate Rock", "Bleed Alright" and "Trailer Trash" but the album really comes alive on the fourth offering titled "Kings Of The World". A pop/punk winner that uses a pounding double bass to end things as it crashingly fades out. 

The group puts a bit of swing into "Fun To Try" and "Sluts Of The USA" surf rocking their way into groovy choruses that both repeat the title over and over worming them into your brain. "Get Up And Get High" shows off their more hardcore tendencies yet to lesser success "Dead On The Floor" goes for shock value but bores, though the Edgar Allan Poe quote was a nice touch. 

The barreling closer of "Anything You Want Is" a really excellently written straight ahead rock song and that seems to be the point when the album wraps up.  Sure, The Dwarves go for shocking but in the end they are just a solid band that throw out 14 quick, energetic and damn good jams with The Dwarves Invented Rock and Roll.
In the vein of one of our favorites No Redeeming Social Value, The Dwarves keep putting out good to great punk rock disks.

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