Gin Lady - Call The Nation album review

Hard rock, clinically perfected.

Gin Lady Call The Nation album cover

Why you can trust Louder Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Plenty of bands use 70s hard rock as a launchpad but not many use it as clinically and cleanly as Swedish quartet Gin Lady. They probably wore lab coats over their bell-bottoms at the recording sessions.

Their forensic approach yields dividends; the riff to the opening I Can’t Change is a perfect amalgam of Brown Sugar and Start Me Up and the chorus has a viral quality, albeit a freshly scrubbed virus. Ain’t No Use sounds like the Faces as if they’d never had a drink and Country Landslide takes a similarly teetotal approach to southern rock. There’s a gleam to the shrill guitar rhythms that exudes a fluoride-protected ring of confidence.

They don’t often deviate from the prescribed formula – although the funky beat that underpins the title track adds some spontaneous-sounding variety. Mainly though it seems that they want to preserve their sound from contaminating influences such as punk.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.