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Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Datsuns - The Datsuns


The Datsuns are, in my opinion, one of the better bands to emerge within recent years. Although they are much better live (look them up on http://youtube.com), their self titled debut album is definitely worth a listen. While the group has been associated with the Strokes, the Hives, and the White Stripes, this isn't exactly accurate -- though the Datsuns are very much a "return to rock," the rock they return to, and how they return to it, is considerably different. While the other bands mix mid-'60s mod and garage rock with late-'70s punk (as well as other influences), the Datsuns re-create the sound of a beer- and weed-fueled Saturday night in 1973, borrowing and blending the revving guitar riffs and choked, macho vocals of Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, .38 Special, and on occasion, the hornier side of Led Zeppelin. Unabashedly heavy and silly at the same time, the band approaches the excesses of '70s rock in a relatively straightforward fashion, as compared to overtly stylized acts like Urge Overkill or Spinal Tap's outright parody. Ultimately, the Datsuns' take may be the most contrived out of all of these, since they replicate the details of the music so slavishly. From the phased vocals on "MF From Hell" to the Deep Purple-esque organ that introduces "In Love" to the omnipresent cowbells, The Datsuns provides a nearly exact replica of a generically entertaining, early-'70s hard rock album. At their best, as on the opener, "Sittin' Pretty," and the wonderfully stupid "Harmonic Generator," the Datsuns rise above their influences and produce some undeniably fun rock. Though their melodic sensibilities desert them by the end of the album, on their debut the Datsuns prove that they can craft vintage-sounding hard rock like no one else. (Year of Release: 2002)

Track List
1. Sittin' Pretty
2. MF From Hell
3. Lady
4. Harmonic Generator
5. What Would I Know
6. At Your Touch
7. Fink For The Man
8. In Love
9. You Build Me Up
10. Freeze Sucker

Download: The Datsuns - The Datsuns (53.5MB)

4 comments:

Karla Verde said...

Man, this site is AWESOME!!! I love the bands, the server & the reviews. You're doing a great job here, keep it like that.
I was wondering if there's any chance that you could repost "Lust for life".
Thanx for the rest of the albums, anyway.

Zer0_II said...

Thanks for the compliments Karla, and for pointing out that Lust For Life was down. I didn't even realize that it had been removed. I'll re-up it to a couple of different file hosts this time.

Karla Verde said...

great! thank u so much!

Zer0_II said...

You're very welcome. I've re-uploaded it, so you can go ahead and grab it now. Thanks once again for pointing out that it had been removed.