Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LEATHER BOYS: "Real Leather"

Rating: 3/10

Label: indie 2011

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

In this day and age when most of the promos we get are in mp3 format, it always warms me up when someone sends an actual CD. The Leatherboys did, which earns them an additional point... unfortunately the contents of the CD do not really add much to that.

The band got as far as to the televised Spanish finals in the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years ago, so I was thinking that they would surely have some commercial potential. Well, if they do then I don't hear it. The band plays generic sleaze rock which suffers of a severe lack of hooks or melodies. You can hear some of their influences, Guns 'n Roses, Aerosmith etc, but the songwriting is on a very basic level and they not ready to compete with the big guns yet.

The band plays reasonably well, but the singing is rather substandard throughout the album. There's more than enough of off-key moments here. Other than that, the production is okay... if the band had a better singer and better songs, they might have a chance. Now, I guess they'll remain local heroes.



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