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I genuinely like the album.

Modern blues/rock can be a very entertaining thing, taking the low down and dirty tradition and giving it a good kick up the arse with riffs drawn straight from the wells of hell. Joe Bonamassa, Danny Bryant, Rival Sons and The Temperance Movement all make blues for people who didn't realize they liked blues, and Sweden's Dirty Sound Magnet are a good addition to the club.

'What Lies Behind' is a pleasant mix of traditional blues and more upbeat rock stuff, kicking off with 'Blind Memory', kind of a mixture of Soundgarden and The Black Crowes. They acknowledge their roots with 'Mr Johnson', a suitably old fashioned tune that's dripping in soulfulness.

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When they kick it off though, as on the wonderfully titled 'Hotel Goombah', there's a real drive and passion as they throw out music to shake your money maker to. Personally, I would have preferred more of the upbeat tracks, and closer 'Free Castle Town' is quite a depressing ballad that left me cold, but there's no mistaking the overall quality of Dirty Sound Magnet.

Blues fans should certainly find 'What Lies behind' to their tastes, and those who like solid, retro vibed rock should also get a kick out of many of the tracks. I can imagine they kick ass live (and by all accounts they do), and I genuinely like the album, but in the end it is missing just a couple of vital ingredients that would have made it essential.

Alan Holloway

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