Album Review: Giuda – “Let’s Do It Again”
Blimey, that was quick. A mere six months after their debut album (although I think it’s been actually out in their native Italy for a couple of years), Mediterranean glammers Giuda are back already with the follow-up. Don’t worry about any signs of fatigue though, “Let’s Do It Again” is a worthy follow-up to last year’s “Racey Roller”, as is evident from the moment “Wild Tiger Woman” (the song Poison would have killed to have written back in their heyday) lumbers in with its big singalong chorus followed by the “Metal Guru” soundalike “Yellow Dash” and the Glitter Band style footy stompalong of “Get That Goal!”.
If anything, “Let’s Do It Again” is a bit more ’70s influenced than “Racey Roller” – “Teenage Rebel” is a cheeky rip off of the Sweet’s “Blockbuster” while “Hold Me Tight” has that lolloping drumbeat that Suzy Quatro used to make such heavy use of back in the day. But Giuda pull it off with such enthusiasm and gusto that it’s almost impossible to dislike “Let’s Do It Again” – if the likes of “Rollerskates Rule OK” (surely a theme tune in waiting if one of the sports channels ever decides to start doing a weekly rollerderby show), the chantalong “Fat Boy Boogie” and the ridiculously catchy closer “Hey Hey” don’t put a big grin across your face then you really need to start cheering up more.
There's a saying - it's okay to be obviously influenced by old music, as long as you copy it with an obvious respect for spirit of the original and add a decent tune behind it rather than making it sound like a charmless photocopy. While it's safe to say that Giuda are never going to win any awards for originality, their music is the sort of gloriously upbeat stuff that's guaranteed to send a ray of sunshine through these grey dull January days.