Album Review: Sulo – “Sulo’s Full English”
Sulo Karlsson seems to be one of the busiest men in rock ‘n’ roll at the moment. Since his former band The Diamond Dogs went their separate ways a couple of years ago, the guy’s put out two pretty decent albums with punk supergroup The Crunch as well as a couple of solo efforts, one of country duets and the other with him putting some music to the poems of street rock/oi stalwart Garry Johnson. Talk about a varied output.
Sulo’s Full English, as the title implies, sees the guy doffing his cap to a lot of the influences that set him on his way. Although Lady Jane isn’t a cover of the old Stones number, the swaggering vocals and Mick Taylor style guitar line definitely owe a firm nod to Mick ‘n’ Keef, while you’ll be able to hear traces of everyone from The Faces (Rod or Marriott version) through The Who and Dr Feelgood on the likes of Stand On The Rocks and Hit Me With Your Rock ‘n’ Roll.
At the other end of the scale, Sulo’s penned some excellent “tears in yer beer” slowies on this thing with Lightning Strikes Twice, Life’s Work and the quite lovely Finest Words showing a real depth to the guy’s songwriting. If it wasn’t obvious from the summation of his recent activities in the first paragraph, this is definitely not a guy afraid of striking outside of his comfort zone musically.
He’s enlisted a pretty decent crew of guests here as well for the closing few cover versions – Wilko Johnson pops up for an energetic run through the old Feelgoods classic Roxette, likewise Spike from The Quireboys for an acoustic-led version of Roses And Rings and the late Eddie & The Hot Rods guitarist Dave Higgs for a blast through their classic Teenage Depression. Sulo also hooks up with his Crunch bandmate Dave Tregunna, also of Sham 69, for an almost Eddie Cochrane-style take on Sham’s Borstal Breakout, which works surprisingly well.
Although this album is an hour long, it feels like it zips by a lot quicker, which is always a good sign. A good varied effort from Sulo which sees him turning his hand to quite a few different areas and coming out on top. For those who like good hearty honest rock 'n' roll, this definitely comes recommended.