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Diamond Dogs: Quitters And Complainers

Yet more Faces ’n’ Stones-inspired grooves.

Mining the same seam of good-time rock’n’roll as The Quireboys, Sweden’s Diamond Dogs always sound like they’re staggering home from a seriously good party just as the sun is rising.

With this, their 10th long player, they hit their stride from the get go with Runaway Romeo and keep things strutting with practised ease through Silver Star Delight and Back To Babylon, while the laid-back Black Ribbons is dedicated to sax player Magic Gunnarsson who passed away in 2014.

Bonus CD Let’s Have It: Live In Bilbao – a tribute to Gunnarsson – for some reason presents its tunes as 18 distinct tracks instead of a seamless live set, but still crackles with effervescent energy.

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Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.