ALBUM REVIEW: RAILROAD – NARRATION (2019)
‘Narration’ is the new album from hard rockin’ boogie stalwarts Railroad, and if no frills denim clad rock be your penchant, then make an effort to check these guys out. On display is a likeable mix of hard rockin’ blues, balls ‘n’ boogie and that’s a good thing in our books. These guys have been treading the boards for some 30 years all across their native Europe, with ‘Narration’ being their fifth album, following on from the acclaimed 2007’s ‘Where To Go’, 2011’s ‘Something Good’ and their excellent live album, ‘On The Run – Live In The Netherlands’. ‘Narration’ contains ten tunes, and while they walk a tried ‘n’ true route, as a collective they all hold plenty of appeal. That’s not to say their a one trick pony, as their is plenty of variety in the tunes – yet make no mistake, hard rockin’ blues/boogie be the common denominator. How to define the sound? A lot of Quo, Rose Tattoo, southern rock, a dose of Bon Scott, even a bit of Dirty Dan Buck from The Boyzz and maybe even the Four Horseman from the late 80s. Quite a heady cocktail – but the result is one hell of a good time, no nonsense, heads down hard rock records worthy of your attention. The vocals may not be to everyone’s liking, yet the bottom line is that there’s plenty of standouts, including ‘Perfect Day’ which evokes ‘Goodbuy T-Jane’, or the straight ahead ‘Rock With Me’. Dig the big time swagger of ‘This Time’, while ‘No Second Chance’ is a down n’ dirty boogie blitz that reminds me a lot of the Tatts, complete with the mother of all blues breakdowns. Epic tune. Vocally, frontman Arne Dieckmann educes the spirit of the late great Bon Scott on ‘Narration of Separation’, a street level, slow grinding blues burner, while ‘Punked Up Barbie’ is heavier on the crunch and plenty catchy. The Quo infused ‘Railroad Boogie’ would no doubt get the nod from the late Rick Parfitt and is the band’s creed and shot at an anthem – the appropriate album’s closer. Beer drinkers and hell raisers take note! 7 out of 10.