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Dan Reed Network's new album is funky, dripping with melody, and a joy to hear

Funk-rock lives. Dance to the hills!

Dan Reed Network: Let's Hear It For The King cover art
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Dan Reed Network’s sixth studio album, their third since re-forming in 2012, gets the band very close to ’89 signature album Slam. In short, funk-rock dripping with melody. And for long-term fans it’s a joy to hear. 

The quintet is 80 per cent the same as the one that split in 1993, but with co-producer Rob Daiker (who has worked with Reed since his 2010 solo album Coming Up For Air) on keyboards and more. 

Guitarist Brion James is, as ever, the lynchpin, mixing it up with riffs that span from dancefloor magnets (Pretty Karma, Supernova, Homegrown, Stumble) to the super-heavy (The Ghost Inside, Starlight – written by Reed as a homage to AC/DC – and Unfuck My World). 

I See Angels (credited solely to James) takes a mellower turn, while the title tack has some dub-step elements plus brass. Rest assured that Dan Reed Network are close to the top of their game here.

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.