Album Review: Danko Jones – “A Rock Supreme”
Scary to think it’s now 23 years since Danko Jones and his comrades in sonic miscreancy put their first EP out. Now on their tenth album, A Rock Supreme is very much the sound of business as usual. But that’s often better than no business at all.
It’s easy to be cynical about Danko Jones and when you see the opening track here is called I’m In A Band, there’s part of you that wants to snigger at the obviousness of it all. Until of course, the track kicks in and well and truly knocks you sideways with a whiplash riff and chantalong chorus, with Danko and his band sounding supremely tight. And, as always with the Danko Jones, that’s when you sit up and pay attention.
Hand on heart, this album isn’t quite as good as Danko’s twin career highlights of I’m Alive And On Fire and Born A Lion, and there is a bit of filler – We’re Crazy, Lipstick City and Party are good but a bit Danko Jones by numbers. But when this band kick it loose, there’s still very few that can match them – as well as the aforementioned I’m In A Band, the searing You Got Today and the storming closing duo of Burn In Hell and You Can’t Keep Us Down are exactly the sort of tunes which Danko has made his name with in recent years, and should sound awesome when introduced to the band’s electrifying live set.
So yup, it’s not an album you’d describe as unpredictable, but it does what every good Danko Jones album should do in that it rocks like an absolute bugger, and the band still sound like there’s few who can match them for tightness and precision. Not bad at all.
It'd be easy to be cynical about Danko Jones playing it safe with this album, but when you can do simple straight-up rock 'n' roll this well, there's often a strong case to be made for playing to your strengths. It might not quite be up there with their best work, but it still knocks most of the competition into a cocked hat with minimal ease. Well worth a listen.