It's a very comfortable world, guitar rock, a world now embraced by Sunday paper supplements and Mercury Awards (U.K. "Grammys"). The establishment likes guitar music as long as it 's indie; it's like hold music for the new millenium. All very polite, very well meaning, very college. It's not very likely you'll get to see some full on, in your face, rock 'n' danger, something a bit loose and chaotic. So thank f**k for Towers of London. Already hated by the tut-tutting indie brigade, the band's in your face rawk ugliness and over-the-top posing strikes terror into the introverted British music scene . The fact that they get all those, "They can't play, what do they think they're wearing?" mum & dad comments means you know they are great already. The London five piece spit attitude. They hit the stage like Motley Crue mashed up with the Sex Pistols. They play short sharp shock troop songs and f**k off. The singer does all the Iggy moves, but on speed, stomps along the bar and climbs around the furniture--it's fantastic, f**k you theatre and the rest of the band's rock n roll droogs pump out the martial rock n roll beats behind him. The band have big time stamped all over them. It's a thrilling, dirty, lascivous, downright nasty exhibition of surly, strutting, in-you-face rock 'n' roll attitude, and it's backed up with stomping slices of glam punk action. They used to be called The Tourettes; a post Manic Street Preachers rock 'n' roll rush, and their early pics looked like a gang of Richie Edwards on a glam punk night out. Since then, the hair's grown and they've morped into a feral poodle permed rock beast, but still retain some of that Manics edge in their felt-tipped sloganed vests. There is some insurrectionary fervour in their wild eyed posturing, some method in their madness. Nothing will top this band. That's a given --John Robb, Play Louder The American release of Towers of London's "Blood, Sweat & Towers" features all four of the band's U.K. singles: "On A Noose", "F**k It Up", "How Rude She Was" and "Air Guitar", along with two bonus videos of "Air Guitar" and the acoustic version of "F**k It Up."
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Snarling, aggressive fun!
Kremer | MI United States | 08/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Take the hardest rocking parts of JET and Turbonegro, throw in a dash of punk rock flair, mix it all up and you get the Towers of London. The aggression is strongly reminiscent of Appetite era Guns n Roses. Some may find the G-n-R reference to be perhaps too high praise; I feel that it is the best comparison that can be made. The only fault I can find with the record is that I think it could've been mixed differently. Placing the acoustic version of F**k It Up, mid album throws the pace off a little bit (not enough, however to justify removing a star). Also, there is no power ballad, a la Sweet Child.
Overall this album is AWESOME, and eminently worthy of any respectable CD collection. If you've been searching for a new kick a** old school guitar rock album, this is it. If it isn't multi-platinum by the year's end then there is a major problem with the world."
Thomas L. Sloat | Preskit, AZ | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album rocks. The band blends a variety of styles together, such as: 80's metal, glam rock, 70's english punk, and little Buck Cherry flair. The vocals are an essential part of the songs, mixing well with the galloping guitars, and the fast 'n' heavy beats. The tunes are extrememly catchy, and the urge to sing along can not be resisted. My favorites on this album are; Air Guitar, F**k It Up(Acoustic Version), and Son Of A Preacher. If you love Rock 'n' Roll buy this album.