Review of Ahead of the Lions Album by Living Things

Living Things
Ahead of the Lions
Red Ink
Album Review

Living Things Ahead of the Lions Album

Another hard rock band, but one whose inspiration is somewhat more recent. LA-based Living Things draw from bands like Jet and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as much as the Stones and AC/DC. When it works, it works really well - songs like Bom Bom Bom have a lovely T-Rex feel and groove, and are catchy enough to bring in fans by the thousand - but there are a few too many overtly (and overly simplistic) political lyrics in the mix to make the album an easy listen.

The passion is undoubted, but the album could have done with a few more standouts musically - it rides the retro-rock wagon just a little but too comfortably. When the amps are at 10, everything's fine, but Living Things don't seem overly comfortable with their slower songs - they're pretty average.

All in all, Ahead of the Lions is a great debut, but you hope that, like BRMC, they find their real voice soon.

Rating 6/10

Mike Rea

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