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We live in the era of the comeback, the remake and the reboot. If every one of them was as vital and effervescent as D Generation we'd all be in a much better place.

Disappearing as the nineties turned into the noughties, D Generation are probably best known for being the band Jesse Malin cut his teeth in before embarking on a successful singer/song-writer sting. Reunions in 2008 and 2011 whetted the appetite for more and promised new music, but until now, the final DG album remained 1999's 'Through The Darkness'.

This release brings together the longest established line-up of the band; Malin (vocals), Howie Pyro (bass), Richard Bacchus (guitar), Danny Sage (guitar) and Michael Wildwood (drums), and I have to say that the fresh fruits of their labours, 'Nothing Is Anywhere', had me scurrying back to the early albums for comparison. In my memory, this ramshackled bunch of Rock Punksters were far more jarring than the sounds created here. In a way it's an observation that stands up to fresh scrutiny, but in many others it doesn't.

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Malin, in the long years between albums, has been an associate of the likes of Ryan Adams, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that a toughened style of the Americana (that Adams does so well) should find its way here. However, so does a pinch of Tom Petty and some choice cuts of Cheap Trick. The riffs and aggression are, for the most part, kept in check and yet in the same way Hanoi Rocks somehow managed, there's still more threat and force carried in this set of songs than the more aggressive scene chasers could ever muster.

'21st Century Blues' thrums with energy and anger, and yet it doesn't feel the need to rip or roar. 'Mercy Of The Rain', while sounding like the bastard child of The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper, knows exactly how to take a ramshackle groove and make it one of the most vital things you'll hear all year. 'Queens Of A' proves that knowing when to, and when not to hit with everything you've got, is a skill too many bands lack these days.

We live in the era of the comeback, the remake and the reboot. If every one of them was as vital and effervescent as D Generation we'd all be in a much better place.

Steven Reid

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