The Struts – Strange Days

'Strange Days' is exactly what you expected & what you needed from The Struts – and friends....
The Struts : Strange Days
7.8 Interscope

The Struts : Strange DaysU.K.’s The Struts have never denied what they are, a big rock n’ roll throwback that have the songs to match.  As the pandemic was starting to strike and everything & everyone was shutting down, the band hunkered down at producer Jon Levine’s L.A. house to make a new album in ten days.  Strange Days is exactly what you expected & what you needed from The Struts – and friends.

In addition to the quick COVID creation, Strange Days is notable for featuring a slew of rock guest stars, because of course it is.  The opener/title track is a heart-on-the-sleeve torch song with pop icon Robbie Williams.  Big Anglo stadium rock comes with both Phil Collen and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard in “I Hate How Much I Want You”.  Current guitar gods Tom Morello and Albert Hammond Jr. lend an axe to the psych-rock “Wild Child” and excellent emotional uplift “Another Hit of Showmanship” (QRO review), respectively.  There’s even one of the most classic rock moves ever, a KISS cover, in b-side “Do You Love Me”.

Now, this is The Struts, and there are certainly a number of people who can’t stand The Struts.  But if you need a big belter for the stadium of studio apartment, enjoy these Strange Days.

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