“Black Dog Barking” is album number three, released in May 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
By now, everyone knew that Airbourne sounds like AC/DC.
But on this album, they amped up the AC/DC sounds with a bit of 80s rock like Cinderella and the first two albums from Def Leppard along with some Euro Metal like Scorpions.
And those backing vocals.
The Personnel for the album is Joel O’Keeffe on Vocals and Lead Guitar, David Roads on Rhythm Guitar, Justin Street on ass and Ryan O’Keeffe on Drums.
Producer Brian Howes has worked on the slick productions with Nickelback and Puddle Of Mudd, but on this album he captures the energy of the band performing live.
Ready to Rock
The blast out of the gate with it. It’s loud, aggressive and it feels like a circle pit punch up in a pub.
I think of Kiss and Paul Stanley singing this tune.
No One Fits Me (Better Than You)
A take on “Let Me Put My Love Into You”.
Back in the Game
This one is the best song, bringing that Acca Rock and Euro/80s Rock vibe. There are Whitesnake, Cinderella, AC/DC and Scorpions influences.
This one reminds me of “Let It Go” from Def Leppard in the verses and I like it.
Live It Up
The whole Intro is Acca Dacca with that open string acting as a pedal point while a melodic riff is played on the other notes. Think of the Intro to “For Those About To Rock”.
Woman Like That
This could be on a Bon Jovi album or a Cinderella album and not be out of place.
Another favorite, which borders on speed rock.
More WASP like and it has a cool Spanish like guitar lead,
Cradle to the Grave
Crank it and enjoy. While the verses are stock standard hard rock, the Chorus has some of that Euro arpeggios.
Black Dog Barking
It closes with the barking and aggressive title track.
Airbourne does what they’re good at, the same way that AC/DC does what they’re good at.
Its better produced and the songwriting is concise, as the album is done in under 38 minutes.
This is rock’n’roll, the way it should be. Loud, aggressive, dumb and no ballads.
And Joel O’Keeffe gets a lot of credit for his vocal chops, i also believe that his Lead Guitar playing should also get some notice.
Because the dude can play.