Just like AC/DC, ROSE TATTOO have been around for over 20 years. They both live in Australia and have the Blues Rock sound nailed to the T. The only difference here is that AC/DC are known the world over and ROSE TATTOO hasn't quite got the same attention that the former has received.
Angry Anderson's voice is gritty and coated in whisky. This is music that is played in juke boxes at biker bars and are simplistic and have titles that the everyday Joe can relate to: "Union Man", "Hard Rockin' Man", "Pain" and "One More Drink With The Boys" just to name a few here. ROSE TATTOO is a man's band here. No pretty boys are in this line up and their music is raw and very unpolished just like the band's look.
"The Devil Does It Well" has a nice combination of blues and slide guitar along with a banging rhythm section on bass and guitars. There is nothing fancy about this band and nor should there be. Sometimes, people just want their music to rock where you don't have to be impressed with every lick an individual plays on his instrument. People just want something simple to listen to as they get their drink on. "No Mercy" is a driving force. A slightly faster drum beat carries the song as the guitars just crunch away at your ears. "Kisses And Hugs (a.k.a. Someone To Fuck)" is probably an anthem that all men live by when they hit the bars on the weekend. A great slamming jam that has it all: Blues riffs, slide guitars and killer thick drum sound.
After 5 songs, you get the picture of what the band is about. AC/DC fans could appreciate this as they have no plans to release no new material anytime soon. This could hold them over and quite frankly, this is better! Turn this one up! (Online September 11, 2002)