When it comes to revivalist rock and roll it's always a fine line between mastery and self parody. The New Roses fall just barely on the mastery side - but are sufficiently self aware (And badass) to help make the sound work. The high energy Guns 'n' Roses inspired guitar riffs and over the top guitar solos come together to give everyone a good time as you let your hair blow in the wind and enjoy a hard hitting sonic experience. Yeah - The New Roses don't break new ground on Dead Man's Voice but by God are they fun to listen to.
With energetic lyrics that seems to focus largely on the struggles of being a fast living kind of guy Dead Man's Voice is a testament from a forgotten era. The New Roses' dedication to hedonism, chaos and sheer rock and roll madness is admirable. It speaks for a band who with every crashing chord reflect the burning joy that this kind of music can be imbued with. Beyond that - there is a very real sexiness to what The New Roses are doing on this record - and in a genre that seems to lack a lot of sexual energy in its modern context The New Roses make for a refreshing listen - even as their bluesy riffs make you shake rattle and roll all over your house.
The songs on Dead Man's Voice are very well written and speak to the sort of chunky riffing and dramatic choruses that make this kind of glam metal so much fun. The grit here is the sort of LA bitterness that comes from years of smoking and drinking whiskey - or at least that's the aesthetic that The New Roses seem to embrace. So sure - they are kind of derivative of bands like LA Guns, Guns 'n' Roses and Skid Row - but guess what - they do it really fucking well, and if that doesn't grab your attention then this kind of rock simply isn't for you.
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