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Michael Monroe: Blackout States

Album Review

The ‘Double M’ is back, and he’s still rock’n’roll crazy after all these years.

Blackout States is another force to be reckoned with, another irresistible release for the irrepressible Monroe who continues to age superbly. At 53 he shows no signs of mellowing in style or attitude.

Continuing the hot streak that he began with the catch-up live album Another Night In The Sun five years ago, Finland’s finest frontman now extends the run to four with this follow-up to 2013’s Horns And Halos. On this, Monroe continues his habit of changing half his guitar pairing every studio album, with Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) coming in alongside his regular guitarist Steve Conte, plus bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Karl Rockfist. The transition is seamless.

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