Jetset Royals - 'Jetset Royals'

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Though it is in no way ground-breaking or genre defining, it is a proper Rock music album that deserves a little attention at least.

There is little in the way of history for Jetset Royals. Vocalist Keith Slack first came to my attention through the band Steelhouse Lane which was formed by guitarist Mike Slamer. He has since gone on to front Michael Schenker Group and was most recently in a band called Mother Road with Chris Lyne and Alessandro Del Vecchio. The Jetset Royals line-up is completed by guitarist and former Gold Circle artist Gerard Garcia and bass player Micah Denzlinger (Slack handles the drums on the album).

All the songs on this self-titled release were written, recorded and produced by the band themselves and musically the style is a kind of Black Crowes/Free/Black Stone Cherry/Creedence Clearwater Revival hybrid. The sound is very raw and has a distinct live vibe. It is as if the ideas were jammed and tracked in one take in the studio and these thoughts are emphasised by the fact that a number of the tracks come to an abrupt conclusion. It is by no means retro but the classic and uncomplicated vocals/guitar/drums/bass set-up does make for a comparison to the basic musical formulas of the sixties and seventies and generates an aura of contentment and artistic satisfaction.

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The performances have a free and easy swagger and there is a relaxed attitude to burn. Slack's vocals have matured and his delivery is a million miles away from the Steelhouse Lane albums of the nineties (on the track 'Wicked' he actually reminds me of Ian Astbury). Along with Slack, Garcia and Denzlinger create a rich aural tapestry and the material is begging for the live environment. There are no lengthy workouts or egos to massage and there are no epic arrangements or effects; the twelve songs are all the better for it.

This Jetset Royals album may fall under the radar due to the lack of high profile label involvement, and though it is in no way ground-breaking or genre defining, it is a proper Rock music album that deserves a little attention at least.

Dave Bott

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