Album Review: Giuda – “E.V.A.”
It’s been a while since we last heard from Italian boot-boy glam revivalists Giuda. After slinging out three albums in two years at the start of their career, E.V.A. is their first effort since 2016’s Speaks Evil, an album which, while a decent enough effort, did sound as if they were flagging a bit following such a heavy release schedule looking back.
Possibly realising that their sound needed moving forward a bit, E.V.A. sees Giuda going space rock of all things, and you can’t help but think that there’s enormous potential for this to go wrong. However, in truth they haven’t really strayed that far from their sound of old as opener Overdrive still has the same pounding drums and power chord riffs powering it on as before. The addition of the Kraftwerk-style synths on tracks like Interplanetary Craft though actually drag them into what’s almost early 80s new wave territory, and it’s actually not a bad place to be. Although the fact that three of the ten tracks are essentially instrumentals (Space Walk, Space Go and Ravers’ Rock) is a bit mystifying as it breaks the momentum up a bit.
Luckily there’s still plenty to recommend here – the Glitter Band stomp of You’ve Got The Power gets the tempo back on track nicely, and Cosmic Love and Junk could both almost be a poppier Electric Six if you squint a bit. I’ve Had Enough even rips off the opening riff to the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant before going off down a more new wave alley (think the Jags or the Knack) but somehow manages to get away with it through sheer cheek.
Although it’s not quite all-killer-no-filler, it’s still good to see Giuda back around these parts again and E.V.A. is a decent enough attempt at moving their sound forward. It’ll be interesting to see if this is something they push ahead with or whether they go back to their tried and tested “Italian Slade” approach on the next effort – time alone will tell I guess.
A bit of an odd album all told - it sounds a bit as if Giuda recognise the need to move their sound forward but despite the space theme aren't entirely sure whether they should set their controls for 1974, 1981 or 2003! Still "E.V.A." has enough good moments to warrant a mild recommendation, and any glam or new wave fans out there should definitely find enough to keep them happy here.