Album Review: Turbonegro – “Sexual Harrassment”
I have to confess to having been somewhat out of the loop regarding Turbonegro prior to this album coming my way. I remember seeing them on the festival circuit a decade or so ago when they were getting critical acclaim aplenty with their “Apocalypse Dudes” and “Scandinavian Leather” albums but since then they’d slipped off my radar somewhat. In fact, I have to be honest and say that I was actually a bit surprised to find out they were still going.
Good thing they are though because this is a confident comeback from the denim-clad Norwegians. If, like me, you’re a bit out of sync with the group in recent years, the first thing you should probably know is that their very identifiable singer Hank von Helvete is no longer with the group and it made me wonder if their music would suffer as a result. Fair play to Helvete’s replacement Tony Sylvester though who’s picked up the baton effortlessly with his earth-rumbling growl of a voice which suits this ten-track collection down to the ground.
The main thing though is that Turbonegro are still churning out effortlessly brilliant and tight-as-you-like garage rock headbanging anthems which will get their hooks into you and refuse to let go and for that we should be truly grateful. Put it this way, songs like “Shake Your Shit Machine”, “You Give Me Worms”, “Mister Sister” and “Dude Without A Face” are every bit as good as their song titles suggest. Basically, “Sexual Harrassment” is a good reminder of everything that made them such a good band in the first place and shows they’ve got plenty of fire left in the proverbial furnace.
A solid comeback then. Guess I’ll be catching up on the albums I’ve missed in the last decade in the weeks ahead…