Cowboy Prostitutes – Cowboy Prostitutes
Released 2005 (Retrospect)
01. Blood On Your Blade
02. Make A Name For Yourself
05. Welcome Back
06. The Damned
08. Alive N’Well
09. Ghost Of venice
10. Over The Top
Luca Isabelle – vocals and bass
Anders Wickstrom – guitar
Martin Wilhelmsson – guitar
Pistolper – drums
Andreas Stromback – keyboards
Peter Edgren – harmonica (7 & 8)
Lotta Widstrom – backing vocals (4 & 7)
Oscar Cederman – backing vocals (2)
Produced by Cowboy Prostitutes and Oscar Cederman.
2005 may have just gotten into full swing, but as far as I am concerned the Cowboy Prostitutes are THE band to watch this year. Sadly I will likely watch them fade into obscurity because they are just too damned good for the record buying public. Last year Velvet Revolver and Brides Of Destruction had great opportunities to bring hard rock back to the mainstream – now why couldn’t they have released something this incredible?
When I reviewed their single a few months ago I wondered if the band would be able to sustain their aggression over an entire album. Not only did they do that, but they upped the ante and have spewed out even more hostility. Vocalist Luca Isabelle sounds like a venomous Billy Corgan, especially on “Joy”. The addition of a second guitarist has really pushed them over the top, easily rivaling such new sleaze masters as Beautiful Creatures. You wouldn’t expect to hear a piano in music like this, but it adds an extra barroom quality that fleshes out the album.
If there is a bad song on this disc it must have got deleted from my copy, because there isn’t a lackluster cut to be found. The ones that really stick out for me are the aforementioned “Joy”, the Junkyard swagger of “Television” and the hyper-driven “Alive N’Well”. “Blood On Your Blade” is a killer full-throttle rocker that slams itself into your head. OK screw this, I could go on and on about every song on this amazing release, but it’s hard to type while headbanging.
There really isn’t much more to say other than BUY THIS ALBUM! Retrospect Records has really snagged a gem here, hopefully they can get people to take notice. In the meantime beg, borrow or steal a copy of Cowboy Prostitutes – because underground classics like this rarely make it out of the gutters. If you don’t believe me see for yourself at www.cowboyprostitutes.net.
Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, January 2005.
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