Imperial State Electric - All Through The Night album review

Celebration of pure rock’n’roll from former Hellacopters man

Imperial State Electric All Through The Night album cover

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Finally, Imperial State Electric frontman Nicke Andersson reveals his new prog-suite concept album that unpicks the basis of string theory through the medium of complicated time signatures.

We’re joking, obviously. As you’d expect from the former Hellacopters man, All Through The Night is stuffed with rollicking rock’n’roll that’s as classic as the Levi 501s/white tee/leather jacket combo, as flash as a top-down Ford Mustang and as American (despite the band being Swedish) as aerosol cheese. And it’s great – some formulas just don’t need messing with.

From the peacocking psych of opener Empire Of Fire to a lush country duet with Linn Segolson on Break It Down to the Petty worship of All Through The Night, the album deftly swerves the perils of the retro cul-de-sac and zips along with maximum, living-for-the-moment attitude, instantly memorable hooks and a palpable love for the art form in all its grease-stained glory.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.