Album Review: Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 12:42 pm
 

_39730457_justin_hawkins_paBeing a Darkness fan I’ve been really looking forward to getting my mitts on Hot Leg‘s debut album and once again, Justin Hawkins has got me jumping around to big, camp rock like there’s no tomorrow. Red Light Fever is a hot album and anyone expecting a toned down version of The Darkness after rehab’s affect on Justin, then think again.

Every track fits in on the record and classic rock toned guitars screech out solo after solo whilst Justin Hawkins’ vocals, dare I say, seem higher pitched then ever. It’s one of those albums where you have to listen to every track once you’ve started the first. There’s certainly a spicy swagger about the band and their confidence comes across in each song.

If you want a to know what the best hits are on the record then I’m afraid I can’t help you.  Every tune is good enough to be a single and they are far from slow tempo. The first track “Chickens” features absurdly high vocals with a guitar and Keytar solo just for the hell of it.  “Ashamed” is my favourite track and sees Justin duet with Beverli Brown once again after their eurovision embarrassment which is made easy to forgive having listened to this belter. There’s just no holding back and there’s no greater evidence of this then tracks like “Gay In The 80’s” and “Prima Donna” which showcase the best of guitarist Peter Rinaldi.

Justin may of had his rough moments in recent years, but on this album, he always sounds like he’s having a whale of a time so it’s near impossible to listen to a track and not pick up your air guitar.

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Red Light Fever is out now.

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4 Responses

5:37 am
19th February 2009

“There’s just no holding back and there’s no greater evidence of this then tracks like “Gay In The 80’s” and “Prima Donna” which showcase the best of guitarist Peter Rinaldi”

Justin Hawkins recorded it all. Its Basically his Solo record.

Good review.

[…] We got all excited about Justin Hawkins’ new side project, Hot Leg’s new album, Red Light Fever, the other week. […]

[…] We got all excited about Justin Hawkins’ new side project, Hot Leg’s new album, Red Light Fever, the other week. […]

1:54 am
12th March 2009

The wait, although really not as long as it could have been, for a new album from Justin Hawkins is over. His British Whale synth pop alias was essentially a tease with just two singles released, so the anxiety over more available material has since heightened. Enter Hot Leg, Justin’s new band consisting of himself and three friends. They label themselves “man rock,” which is amusing but fitting (silly outfits are out, sweatbands and leggings are in). This is Hawkins’ baby as he wrote, recorded, and produced everything. And what a beautiful baby it is!

Red Light Fever is arguably deserving of comparison to The Darkness’ debut, Permission To Land. The guitar licks, fun, and flamboyancy are all there. The flavor of The Darkness goes wherever Justin Hawkins goes, and further proof exists in what his former band mates have done in Stone Gods – they just aren’t the same or as popular without their departed mastermind. Hawkins is carrying Hot Leg on his back now and the band is looking to make their mark in the man rock charts.

Some songs which sound Darkness-esque, “Cocktails” and “Gay In The 80s” as two examples, are actually both co-written by Chas Bayfield, an unknown friend/writer of sorts. Was he around in The Darkness days? “Cocktails” is a very catchy song, but don’t allow yourself to be caught singing the chorus aloud… `Cock [cock]/ Cock, cock, cock, cocktails/ Cock [cock]/ Cock, cock, cock, cocktails.’ And then you have uncharacteristic songs like “Ashamed” featuring Beverlei Brown harmonizing with Hawkins, “Trojan Guitar,” described as a medieval five-minute-plus epic, and “Kissing In The Wind,” a relatively mellow album closer.

There are actually several outtake songs which would be fantastic as a part of Red Light Fever, but a few are offered as freebies from the band’s website. Check those out, let Hot Leg give you a dose of man rock, and prepare to be swooned with this album.

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