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Girls Guns & Glory: Good Luck

Country rockers’ fifth album lacks bite.

From the name of this four-piece, the uninitiated might expect a gang of bourbon-swilling, Confederate flag-waving southern rock outlaws. Instead, they’re a distinctly youthful combo from preppy Boston making good-time country rock that would surely be welcomed at school proms throughout the land.

Be Your Man is a classic bar-room boogie that has a certain cute charm, even if the banks of sax add a touch of beer-ad cheese that’s surplus to requirements. Shake Like Jello also has a 50s dance-craze feel to it, complete with doo-woppy backing vocals, and you can imagine it probably sounds great when beefed up live.

In the studio, though, it’s all a little too understated, and while there’s a whiff of Springsteen’s righteous anger behind Centralia, PA, the rimshot-strewn restraint of it all means that, like the rest of this record, it never quite gets your pulse racing./o:p

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock