Review by Bobby Green
I’ve waited for a while before reviewing this album. I make no secret that The Strypes are one of my favourite bands, and when one of your favourite bands release a new album it’s always the best album you’ve heard that year.
There’s so many superlatives I wanted to throw at this album, so much I wanted to say about the band themselves. I’ve been a fan for ages and watched from debut album explosion to impressive second album and again I find myself debating with my friends their sound for the next album and what we would like from them. I’ve never known a rock n roll band to have so much exposure in my generation, and with social media and the musical landscape as it is right now there has never been a time when a band has been as close to its fanbase. But what we want and what we get can be to very separate things.
Spitting Image kicks off with a Dr Feelgood feel but then unravels into a sound reminiscent of so many influences but never plagiaristic. They are still raw, still energetic and exciting but at the core still fantastic songsmiths. Where Spitting Image doesn’t push any boundaries it is a joy to hear The Strypes at this stage of their journey delivering some quality tunes. I’ve heard and read some critiques suggesting that it’s not as good as Snapshot, but you never forget your 1st kiss, and I like my romances to mature a little bit over time. This is the sound of a band enjoying where they are right now and confidently striding along in their career. But this game moves pretty fast and now they are established their next move will always be their most important one, while all the time being only as good as your last album. And with Spitting Image I think we may be getting the last of this type of album from The Strypes for a while, the experience, experiments and lifestyle will soon be their influences. They will have to reinvent themselves as they grow as a band, like all great bands do, and I believe The Strypes to be a great band. They have the most exciting years ahead of them, both as young men and as musicians and it’ll be hard for them to ignore these things when writing good honest rock n roll, and they are true believers in the art form.