THE fifth studio album for the rockers, Get Hurt continues on a similar path of howling vocals and anthemic guitars.
Having teamed up with The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys producer Mike Crossley, the New Jersey outfit have managed to resist efforts to put a glossy sheen on their Who-like rock riffs. This a band that lives and dies by Brian Fallon’s vocals. He growls, sounding like Daltry in his prime, but he can also dial it down – witnessed in two closing ballads Break Your Heart and Dark Places.
With previous record Handwritten breaking the top five in both the UK and US Charts, Get Hurt feels like an effort to catapult the band, Kings Of Leon-style, to super stardom. But they have not abandoned all of the rawness that characterised much of their previous work and that is a source of considerable merit.