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The Struts go big (yet again) on their third studio effort, the rowdy and aptly named Strange Days. Having found favor with American audiences -- the group's ascension in the U.K. has been slow but steady -- the fun-loving Brits elected to relocate to Los Angeles in February 2020, but their dreams of cosplaying the Sunset Strip shenanigans of their pop-metal forebearers were squelched as the City of Angels went on lockdown. Always the unflappable optimists, the Struts decided to turn lemons into champagne by booking a ten-day studio run and cranking out a ten-song set that both acknowledges and repudiates that paradigm shift. Commencing uncharacteristically with soft piano chords and chirping birds, the ruminative title track eventually gains momentum, with Luke Spiller's and special guest Robbie Williams' voices dovetailing into a huge, life-affirming crescendo -- Williams recorded his part at home on his porch, hence the avian choir. The likeminded but much beefier isolation lament "All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go)" arrives via the roar of a motorcycle and a riff that Keith Richards would probably like to have back, before settling into a tight, greasy groove. The features-heavy set continues with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Joe Elliott remoting in on the jocular, Grand Funk Railroad-inspired "I Hate How Much I Want You," and Albert Hammond, Jr. lending his six-string skills to the sly alt-rocker "Another Hit of Showmanship," but there's little doubt about who wears the pants in this production. Spiller continues to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in the biz, and he sells everything that comes out of his mouth -- "Open up your front door, bonjour, I'm your getaway car, I could tell you my sign but I'm already a star" -- with the cocksure persuasion of someone that popped out of the womb three beers in and holding a mic stand. Strange Days shares some connective tissue with its more opulent predecessor but feels less like it was made by a committee. As per usual, the Struts pair huge commercial pop aspirations with the swagger of Faces, but this time around, it sounds like it was their idea.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
Strange Days
00:04:53

Andres Soto, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robbie Williams, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Erasmo Solerti, Viola, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marianela Cordero, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

2
All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)
00:03:51

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rachel Mazer, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

3
Do You Love Me
00:03:23

Kim Fowley, ComposerLyricist - Jon Levine, Producer - Bob Ezrin, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley, ComposerLyricist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

4
I Hate How Much I Want You
00:03:23

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Collen, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Joe Elliott, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

5
Wild Child
00:03:42

Tom Morello, MainArtist - Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

6
Cool Explicit
00:06:21

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrea Landis, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

7
Burn It Down
00:04:46

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

8
Another Hit Of Showmanship
00:03:42

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Albert Hammond Jr, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

9
Can't Sleep
00:03:14

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

10
Am I Talking To The Champagne (Or Talking To You)
00:05:47

Jon Levine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claudius Mittendorfer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Struts, MainArtist - Luke Spiller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Slack, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jed Elliott, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gethin Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrea Landis, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Mazer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Interscope Records

Album Description

The Struts go big (yet again) on their third studio effort, the rowdy and aptly named Strange Days. Having found favor with American audiences -- the group's ascension in the U.K. has been slow but steady -- the fun-loving Brits elected to relocate to Los Angeles in February 2020, but their dreams of cosplaying the Sunset Strip shenanigans of their pop-metal forebearers were squelched as the City of Angels went on lockdown. Always the unflappable optimists, the Struts decided to turn lemons into champagne by booking a ten-day studio run and cranking out a ten-song set that both acknowledges and repudiates that paradigm shift. Commencing uncharacteristically with soft piano chords and chirping birds, the ruminative title track eventually gains momentum, with Luke Spiller's and special guest Robbie Williams' voices dovetailing into a huge, life-affirming crescendo -- Williams recorded his part at home on his porch, hence the avian choir. The likeminded but much beefier isolation lament "All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go)" arrives via the roar of a motorcycle and a riff that Keith Richards would probably like to have back, before settling into a tight, greasy groove. The features-heavy set continues with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Joe Elliott remoting in on the jocular, Grand Funk Railroad-inspired "I Hate How Much I Want You," and Albert Hammond, Jr. lending his six-string skills to the sly alt-rocker "Another Hit of Showmanship," but there's little doubt about who wears the pants in this production. Spiller continues to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in the biz, and he sells everything that comes out of his mouth -- "Open up your front door, bonjour, I'm your getaway car, I could tell you my sign but I'm already a star" -- with the cocksure persuasion of someone that popped out of the womb three beers in and holding a mic stand. Strange Days shares some connective tissue with its more opulent predecessor but feels less like it was made by a committee. As per usual, the Struts pair huge commercial pop aspirations with the swagger of Faces, but this time around, it sounds like it was their idea.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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