The best new rock albums you can buy this week
Cheap Trick, Bash & Pop and Stiff Little Fingers are among the best new rock album releases you can get your hands on this week
Cheap Trick - We're All Alright!
"Their 18th studio affair picks up where 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello left off. The opening You Got It Going On indicates they know their core following. It’s a raucous ‘let’s get this party started’ thrash with a metal attack not unlike Rival Sons. But whereas the Sons legitimately dig for buried treasure, the Trick drew the map in the first place."
Bash & Pop - Anything Could Happen
"Packed with the kind of vim and swagger that the Stones somehow abandoned back in the late 1970s, Anything Could Happen is rich in Replacements DNA, somehow juggling snotty R&B, groggy melancholia and gallows humour into the kind of album that hasn’t been made since, ooh, All Shook Down."
Joe Bonamassa – Live At Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening
"With more than 20 albums in the past 15 years, not to mention all the collaborations, Joe Bonamassa’s career is risking overkill. But judging by this two-CD live set from New York’s Carnegie Hall last year, it’s not at that stage just yet."
Stiff Little Fingers – Best Served Loud! Live At Barrowlands
"Released to accompany a live DVD, Best Served Loud serves largely to document the expansion of the band’s sound and repertoire over the last 40 years. As such, it’s a complete success, with newer material like Strummerville and My Dark Places given space to breathe between crowd appeasers like Alternative Ulster and Tin Soldier (performed here as something of an epic)."
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
"Split into three sections (Tale Of The Altered Beast, The Lord Of Lightning Vs. Balrog and Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe), it’s an uninterrupted fifty minutes that veers between full-tilt freakbeat (Altered Beast 1), funereal drones (The Reticent Raconteur) and death-metal thrashes (Digital Black). It’s all narrated by a female cyborg, spouting lines like: ‘I bringeth forth the drama, unabridged and unignored.’"
Screaming Trees – Dust: Expanded Edition
"Originally released in 1996, Dust was supposed to be the one that made them mainstream stars – a big ask even without the band’s stone-faced antipathy to the notion of rock stardom. But then the Trees never fitted in with prevailing trends anyway – Dust was less goatee’d angst, more classic rock in flannel-shirted drag. The backwoods pyschedelia of Halo Of Ashes and dustbowl gothic of Gospel Plow sounded mighty then, and they’ve lost none of their potency."