Rob Carlyle & The Compulsions - 'Dirty Fun' (Compulsion Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 04:00

compulsionscover300You want dirty fun, readers? Do you really want some? Well, I've got some but you have to tell your friends about it which is part of the deal. Right. Rob Carlyle has dragged together Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and none other than the greatest bass player ever to hit a four string: Mr. Sami Yaffa is in the house. Plugging in their guitars and rocking out in a very '70s rock kinda way is the name of the game, taking their lead from heavyweight giants like the Stones ('Lucky') and Aerosmith [when they were good] ('Long Tall Sally'); Hell, these cats taste many flavours because I can hear guys like John Fogerty on tracks and a tinge of vintage Mellencamp as well for good measure thrown in the melting pot, with some Petty and the attitude of bands like the Dolls for sure.


Let's rewind to the beginning. 'Hellbound Babies' is cocksure, swaggering gob iron honkin' badass. Carlyle is leading his troupe on a merry dance as they head for the chorus resplendent with the girl backing vocals on the "woo-hoos" and what you have is a fantastic opener and one that just rocks and rolls to the tune of all sorts of decadence and good times.


In complete contrast 'Silly Little Woman' is the polar opposite with its acoustic strumming and slide blues, but as it evolves and unfolds  towards a fantastic solo it's gathering pace towards its climax and settles back into the shade; great song.


Some sequencing and synths are used on 'Evil Bastards' as it throbs towards a big chorus and guitar slash and cut whilst some more of those sweet BVs elevate this hard rockin' bruiser.


The aforementioned 'Lucky' is pure good time Rolling Stones and why not, Keif would be proud to have put his name to this. As would those Robinson brothers when they were young pups and knew how to rock and roll. The addition of horns was obvious and well executed; a timeless good time number that can often fall flat but not this one, no sir.


What you certainly get from 'Dirty Fun' is variety, like the big rock number, 'House Of Rock', complete with sleazy riffs and laid back rhythm whilst Carlyle almost whispers the lyrics. But be ready for the solo which pulls the whole sleazy thing together as it rips and wails but not a single note is wasted. Hell, there's even time to name check Bon Scott! What's not to like here?


If you thought 'House Of Rock' was laid back then take a walk on the wild side with 'The Feel' as it smolders and paints some Lower East Side portrait inside your head as it basks in the shadows, then from out of the dark you get the joint jumping bar room shuffle of 'I Still Got The Hots For You, Baby', resplendent with smokey saxophone and piano.


To cool off, the album settles back with some fantastic organ led rock 'n' roll with 'Stay Easy' kicking back. This is how The Black Crowes started out with the girls giving it some Gospel on the chorus and the string bending guitar lick soaked in prime '70s Stones and laid back Faces; there doesn't seem to be anybody currently doing this as good as this and sounding like it's coming so naturally as well and avoiding any clichés and forcing the rock 'n' roll out. When it's done this well it's a beautiful thing, it really is.


If you want to hear a band working out on some brilliant songs that rub shoulders with the greats and the Gods of rock 'n' roll like the Rolling Stones and The Faces then grab yourself some 'Dirty Fun' - its the purest form of rock 'n' roll, baby, and it's done immaculately well by a band that clearly knows how to deliver the goods. My advice is go grab yourself one and relax, pour a cold one and enjoy!


To pick up your copy of 'Dirty Fun' - CLICK HERE