Jay Cooper – That’s Rock N Roll

That's Rock N Roll
Released 2006 (Jay Cooper)

Track List:
01. Ain’t Doin Nothin
02. Don’t Go Lookin
03. Popular
04. Straight To Hell
05. Dreams Of Freedom
06. If You Like It Hot
07. Lonely Man
08. All About Me
09. Saturday Night
10. Rock My World
11. Baby Baby
12. That’s Rock n Roll

Jay Cooper – vocals, guitar, bass and drums

The liner notes for Canadian musician Jay Cooper‘s latest solo album pretty much sums things up; “The point of my music is simple: straight up, in your face R N R. Nothing more, nothing less.” I could damn near end this review right there, but that wouldn’t be fair would it?

  Jay Cooper has one of those voices that listeners will either love or hate, at times mimicking the ‘nails on a chalkboard’ delivery of Salty Dog or Blackboard Jungle and other times displaying a rather unique voice. Some of the vocals are so annoying though that they imbed themselves into your cranium (like being unable to turn away from a car crash) – like the “I know” line on “Straight To Hell” and the chorus of “Dreams Of Freedom”.

  Overall however, That’s Rock N Roll is an entertaining listen, with strong guitar licks and a party atmosphere. The cover of the Bay City Roller‘s “Saturday Night” will be sure to get the ladies bouncing at your next shindig. As for original material, I like the sleazy “If You Like It Hot”, “All About Me” and “Popular”. How many people do you know that could relate to the lyrics of “I thought I was popular, turns out I’m just a slut”? I can think of a few that could use this tune as their theme song!

  This isn’t the best CD I’ve heard this year, but it is fun and doesn’t try to be something that its not. As the final track states, “sounds cliched, but that’s rock n roll”.


Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, April 2006.

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