Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies album review

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If you were to hold a shell to your ear and hear the sounds of the wild west as opposed to the sea, it’d probably be a lot like Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. In that case it should really be a gun shell. Oddly though it makes for what is likely the most commercial album yet for Danish some-sort-of-rock metallers Volbeat. Not always consistent, it is yet another chameleonic turn. ‘Black Bart’ canters down the dusty trail, with ‘Doc Holliday’s’ banjo around its feet, whilst ‘Dead But Rising’ brings the cavalry. It’s the collaborations that perhaps best define the polar opposites though – from the villainous ‘Room 24’ with King Diamond to country/rockabilly epic ‘The Lonesome’ with Sarah Blackwood. This is an album that even in its gentlest moments makes you feel the steel resting on its hip.

 

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