Rick Springfield - The Snake King album review

A curve-ball record laced with acoustic twang and chest vibrating beats

Cover art for Rick Springfield - The Snake King album

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.

Little Demon’s Wild West acoustics are thrown against an onslaught of Rival Sons-esque riffage, swooping into a squealing guitar solo; Voodoo House is the crowd pleaser with its singalong outro and unshakable groove; the title track is reminiscent of Back Door Man – ‘I’m coming for you, babe/ Gonna find my way back in.

Lyrically The Snake King is a mixed bag, flitting between tongue-in-cheek and extremely poignant; Suicide Manifesto displays graphic cynicism (‘It’s another black dog morning, I can’t take many more’), whereas Santa Is An Anagram is a rock n’roll depiction of Hell (‘Ghandi’s in the corner, beating up a flower child.’) The soliloquies of Blues For The Disillusioned and Orpheus In The Underworld have melancholy and melody in equal measure.

Springfield’s blues-rock digression strikes a great balance within the genre and doesn’t dent his credentials as an excellent guitarist and an insightful lyricist.