Having served as bassist
and lead vocalist in The Pirates, as well as touring with
the likes of Huw Lloyd Langton and Ray Majors, it will come
as no great surprise to find that BJ Anders and The
Buccaneers are Rockabilly Rockers all the way from Sweden.
The ethos would appear to be good fun and if you are looking
for something not too challenging, then the slightly
overstated <i>Rockin' With The Devil</i> could
be the album for you. I say overstated because if this is
the Devil's music, then I'm assuming he's passed hell
raising and soul stealing on to a younger partner and now
boogies in a more relaxed fashion. < p>< /p>
That's not to suggest BJ and his swashbucklers are boring,
in fact mostly far from it, although the habit of the likes
of instrumental "I Travel" or the up-tempo "Wolf Girl" to
sound a bit like Hank Marvin and his Shadowy chums, does
take the wind out of the sails of the likes of "Argentine
A-Go-Go", or "These Glorious Times". The latter of this
pairing bounds home like the long lost brother of Otis
Redding's "Hard To Handle", with a groove the size of
Belgium, while the former takes good old fashioned Rock 'n'
Roll ideals and shoves dynamite up its ass, Anders sounding
a bit like an old Michael Hutcheance (as he might have been
without a predilection for citrus fruit...) as the song
hops, jumps, duck walks and pogos for all its worth.
< p>< /p> "Pay The Price" possibly plays it too
safe, sounding a bit "by numbers", which could also be said
for the likes of "Louise Louise", which definitely comes
across as the polite cousin of the standard "Louie Louie".
However even when things are sitting in first gear, foot
firmly refusing to hit the floor, the quality and
authenticity holds the interest and keeps the toes tapping.
< i>Rockin' With The Devil</i>? Hmmmm..... I'm
not so sure on that one, but certainly keeping the good
times coming. BJ Anders And The Buccaneers know how to add
some rock to their roll and billy to their rocka. If either
of those things get you jiving, then you'll have a blast
with this album. < p>< /p>
< br><b>Track Listing</b>< br>1.
Argentine A-Go-Go< br>2. Wolf Girl< br>3. Pay
The Price< br>4. Rockinī With The Devil< br>5.
These Glorious Times< br>6. Five Feet And Four Inches
< br>7. The Getaway< br>8. Road To Paradise
< br>9. Louise Louise< br>10. Idiot Creed
< br>11. I Travel< br>12. When The Lights Are