The Leopards - Never Been the Same (4 stars)

Garage rock revival from Mick Slaven that's lost none of the original charm

The Leopards - Never Been the Same

(Creeping Bent)

Glaswegian Mick Slaven’s troupe of garage guitar growlers return after a 14 year hiatus, but still sound like they’ve been hanging out with the Cramps at the rock’n’roll diner at the end of the world. The end result is a very personal jukebox, in which ‘Crazy Night’ stomps along like the New York Dolls fronted by Suicide by way of The Sweet circa ‘Blockbuster,’ the title track is a teenybopper lament that merges the Bay City Rollers and The Nectarine No 9, and ‘The Wild Side Calls Me’ is a country waltz to die for on this greatest of first date albums.


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