Koritni: The Night Goes On For Days

Aussie quintet’s sense of humour misfires on album number four.

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What exactly is Koritni’s MO? The album title conjures up a classic Ringo Starr-ism. The tunes froth with AC/DC ’tude (Horns Up) and Black Crowes country rock swing (Little Man), knocked into shape by the right names (mixed by Kevin Shirley, sleeve design by Mark Wilkinson, Quo drummer John Coughlan guests on Water Of Life).

But often there seems to be a knowing wink, if not an enormous comedy flare going up, signalling a toe-dip into irony. Rock N Roll Ain’t No Crime hits Steel Panther territory when frontman Lex mutters: ‘It ain’t noise pollution either’, going on to deconstruct the mechanics of a rock song. From here every rasp, gasp and (many a clichéd) lyric has lost credibility.

It all sounds like fun, but, like the inclusion of bonus live track Fortunate Son, what’s the actual point?

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Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.