Updated: Aug 3, 2021
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Since the release of their sophomore album, Young & Dangerous, The Struts’ next album has been the lone piece of music industry projects that has spent the most time rattling around my cranium. The excitement it has brought me rivaled waking up on Christmas morning as a child. So when the band released their first three singles, it felt like I had just bitten into a raisin cookie that I thought was going to be chocolate chip.
With these singles, The Struts immediately showed their hand. It was very apparent that this album was going to be much different than the previous two and if THESE were the three best songs on the album, it’s hard to imagine that the remaining tracks were going to be any better.
Before its release, The Struts frontman, Luke Spiller, explained how the album took just ten days to write and record which feels a little weird to me. It just feels like it should take longer than ten days to make ANY album, let alone one that is supposed to be a huge stepping stone for a band at this point in their budding career.
Strange Days left me feeling very underwhelmed and disappointed throughout its entirety. The most frustrating aspect of the album was that each and every track had a strong foundation but at one point or another ended up faltering. The song that embodied this the most had to be “All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go).” The build-up and guitar had me hooked from the beginning but as soon as the chorus started the track got worse.
Despite all of its problems, Strange Days wasn’t a BAD album by any means. Each track was enjoyable to listen to and I applaud The Struts for the direction they took in an effort to steer away from making their music sound to cookie-cutter. However, the sound they chose to go with felt incomplete and could have used a little bit of work. Give the band some time and I think they can fine-tune their new sound to make it fantastic. They’re definitely headed in the right direction.
On a more positive note, the most creative and interesting song on the album was by far the final track. The Struts seemed to draw inspiration from a variety of artists such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and even a little bit of The Arctic Monkeys. Despite the overall shortcomings of Strange Days, this track was one of the best to come
For now, the global explosion will have to wait, but don’t sleep on The Struts boys just yet. With their incredible talent, unique sound, and ability to put on some of the best concerts in the industry, don’t be surprised when The Struts become a household name.
Keep rockin’ ya’ll 🤘
Favorite Tracks: Am I Talking To The Champagne (Or Talking To You) | Can’t Sleep | Strange Days
Least Favorite Tracks: Do You Love Me
Strange Days is now available on Spotify!