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There's plenty of catchy, slightly angry pop rock that hits the right spot.

Whatever else you may think of Backyard Babies/Hellacopters guitar czar Andreas Tyrone Svensson (Dregen), there's no faulting his ambition. Trying to get "...the vibe from Kiss, Slayer, The Beastie Boys and Miles Davis onto one single record" is no easy task, and although the success rate is negotiable there's no denying that what we have here is a very eclectic, entertaining album. He's helped out by friends such as Sam Yaffa, Nicke Andersson and Danko Jones, with the crisp production courtesy of Dregen and Wannadies chap Par Wiksten.

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It all certainly starts off well, as 'Division Of Me' is a straightforward kick-ass punk rock and roll track that begs repeat listens. 'Just Like That' follows a similar path, and then it all goes a bit Johnny Cash with the bizarre, gritty 'Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road', a dark and depressing tale that gets in your brain with it's low down bluesy style. This is where Dregen excels, throwing out a curveball every so often to give the album a personality all of its own. There's hints of Alice Cooper sprinkled throughout the album, too, with 'Bad Situation' just about stealing the opening riff from 'No More Mr Nice Guy', but overall Dregen manages to hold onto his own identity. 'Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road' is, unfortunately, the only big surprise that is sprung, but I can't help liking this as an album regardless.

Although there are a few interesting quirks, 'Dregen' isn't too scary an album for existing fans of the man himself. There's plenty of catchy, slightly angry pop rock that hits the right spot, but for me it's the deviations from the norm that make the album that much better than it would have been.

Alan Holloway

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