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This is simply the Electric Boys at their best.

There are two possible scenarios following every band's reunion - in sort, it's simply make or break. While many legendary bands follow the second path, prompting their listeners to wonder whether to laugh or cry over the newly released records, Swedish funk metal legends Electric Boys have proven their class along with 'And Them Boys Done Swang', scheduled to be released on June the 3rd via Escape Music. After a long hiatus, preceded with the more hard rock oriented record 'Freewheelin' (1994), this time Conny Bloom and the boys once again went for a mix of hard rock and funk metal with a significant touch of 60s psychedelia and Beatles’ style while recording their latest album. The result has given the fans exactly what they could expect.

In fact, stylistically 'And Them Boys Done Swang' could be even a follow-up to the band's 1990 debut 'Funk-O- Metal Carpet Ride', the main difference being the obvious modern production of the album. Just check out opener 'Reeferlord', a straightforward rocker with groovy bass lines and galloping drumming - it’s Electric Boys’ style in its pure form. Vocal lines might recall Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Anthony Kiedis' style - but while such comparisons still ring true, it's performed well enough to make every listener react like 'Red Hot who?...' in the end. There's a plenty of such energetic tracks on the album, like 'My Heart's Not For Sale' or 'The House Is Rockin'. Known before from the Beatlesque vibe and psychedelic inspirations in their music, the boys incorporate this style once again into such tracks as 'Father Popcorn's Magic Oysters' and 'Ten Thousand Times Goodbye' - the latter being actually a mere definition of a Beatlesque ballad. 'Rollin' Down The Road' is probably the strongest song off the album, led by a groovy guitar riff and catchy chorus. Speaking of riffs, an intro to 'The Days The Gypsies Came To Town' is an outstanding one by any standard. 'And Them Boys Done Swang' features twelve songs in total, each delivering the strong rhythm section, funk riffs and perfect melodies. Nobody can sit still while listening to this album, and for sure there ain't no place for moody and dark atmospherics here.

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While the album lacks of commercial hit that could become the next 'All Lips 'N' Hips', it actually proves that Electric Boys don't need any such ‘hits’ anymore. 'And Them Boys Done Swang' delivers everything about their style, combining all the elements into the real explosive mixture of early 90s funk metal, 60s psychedelia, 70s hard rock and 'all killers - no fillers' recording philosophy. Following these simple principles, Electric Boys have made it loud and clear they're back in business, and ready for some boogie out there. And no doubt everyone who digs the band's classic style will ultimately join the dancing crowd - this is simply the Electric Boys at their best.

Alexandra Mrozowska

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