Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The result was “it can be like listening to the b-sides or unnecessary extra tracks in a box set by one of those bands”.
By virtue of its economy and focus – just 12 discrete songs – and by pushing into new territory (the Gibb-falsetto on the danceable pop-rock of the groove-riding Haunted Man) this album is a real return to form, and step up.
Certainly there are elements of early Seventies Stones, Petty/Heartbreakers and some Jack White here but songs like the dreamy country-soul ballad Imagination (with trumpet and flute) and the house-rockin', humorously self-aggrandising Man of Action show a band increasing its breadth and adding to a catalogue of fine and entertaining songs.
Promises looks back to the late Sixties British pop-rock and the piano-hammered Disco Surprise is another falsetto, dance-floor filler with nods to the Glitter Band.
If that's you, then you could do a lot worse than finding Adam Hattaway and the Haunters.
Start with Woolston, Texas then cut straight to this one.
You can hear and buy this album at bandcamp here