If You Like Rock…
An album sometimes regularly delights. Rarely this much though. Doomsday Outlaw are from Sheffield and like steel, this album is tough and durable but can be made to fit loads of uses. Oh and its shiny, so much so that you can see it from the next town; that city is built on seven hills and this album hit the heights too.
Credit; Doomsday Outlaw
Some albums beguile. This one does. Not all the time, but that’s certainly enough. There’s a real confidence here, a feeling that this album is a quality collection of songs which deserve special treatment, the best they can offer; the guitar solos never outstay their welcome, they serve the song and always please, the vocals deliver these huge tunes with a road worn quality which you can’t manufacture and the bass and drums hammer, slip and slide just as we want.
This Doomsday Outlaw album is called Damaged Goods. I don’t agree. This is a treat. And it makes you think of other great bands too…
The opener ‘In Too Deep’ has one of those really easy-to-like riffs and a real Angus sparky solo from either Broughton or Mills, but with a rumble of rocks. And Rock.
The cowbell, the sass, the quick Whitesnake naughtiness of the riff in ‘On My Way’, the Aerosmith strut and massive singalong chorus, vocalist Phil Poole sounds like he’s grinning all the way through it; just great, classic rock with a confident stare and wearing a ratty feather boa.
There’s a groove with a nasty side to ‘My Woman Comes On Strong’, with the electric piannnnnnnner and attack looking askance at the Country Rock which opens ‘Turn Me Loose’. And there’s more cowbell, with a beat to wrap around it, so that is a huge Doomsday Outlaw bonus.
Yes, the oft-overlooked Country-tinged Rock n’ Roller is brought to mind in the slide and easy manner of ‘One More Sip’. You’ll may become a Seger seeker after this.
Now please don’t think that Doomsday Outlaw are slavishly following or copying. This music is entirely theirs, played with absolute élan, but just brings those great bands to mind. It’s that good.
An arena-pleasing ballad with an organ hanging round by the cheap seats in ‘If This Is The End’, a radio ready tune in ‘Runaway’, and one of the most open choruses I’ve heard in recent Rock for ‘Walking Time Off’; you could get lost in it. All this is sterling stuff.
This is a real missive, something which slaps you round the face and then smiles and says ‘wait for the warmth to arrive’. Oh, it kicks in the doors alright and claims the title as your new favorite band. Doomsday Outlaw can make that claim. If you invite them in, they might even eat all the cheese footballs and hog the pinball machine and you won’t mind.
Credit; Planet Radio
Camden Live filled in the production blanks;
‘Working with Chris D’Adda at Vale Studios (Temples, Deaf Havana) and Dave Draper (The Wildhearts), to put them through their paces, the band have pulled together their best work yet.’
That productin is warm and willing, a big beast with a sweet face. And I can’t disagree with Stoakes Media
‘…if you buy one album this year make it Doomsday Outlaws ‘Damaged Goods’.
it’s a big comment, but worthy, the album got 10/10 in one of the music magazines I write for, Powerplay.
This album was delayed, by the business, by the pandemic, by line-up changes, but they believed this is the best album they’ve produced. And you know what, they’re right.
This Doomsday Outlaw album is called Damaged Goods, generally the comment made about something either inadequate or containing an impairment. That title must be ironic; this album is not Damaged. Pristine more like.
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