It almost goes without saying that a powerful, stage-setting, opening track is a prerequisite of any great album – or even a merely good one, for that matter – and Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator is a doozy; all crunchy guitars, fuzzy bass, and pounding drums. As far as opening songs go, it’s worth the price of admission, and Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator doesn’t so much end as stop. Abruptly. Audiences pilloried The Sopranos for ending in a similar manner, but when the audience only has their ears to go by, and it comes at the start of a record, it amplifies the jarring nature of the effect. Yet it works, remarkably well, ensuring the listener’s attention carries over to the swagger of No Sleep.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 12th September 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.