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Rock - Released November 8, 2019 | RCA Records Label

It took Taylor Hawkins nearly a decade to record his third album with the Coattail Riders but, to be fair, his main gig as the drummer of the Foo Fighters kept him busy in the nine years separating 2010's Red Light Fever from 2019's Get the Money. To his credit, Hawkins essentially picks up where he left off with Red Light Fever, creating a retro-rock fantasia out of his favorite parts from his favorite old LPs. Queen remains his main touchstone: "Don't Look at Me That Way" is puffed up with layers of harmonies, "C U in Hell" slyly salutes Queen's tendency to write mini-suites, and Roger Taylor himself stops by to lend vocals to an album-closing "Shapes of Things," the Yardbirds psych-standard that's performed in the style of Jeff Beck's 1968 cover. Taylor isn't the only superstar guest, nor is Queen the only band consciously evoked. Joe Walsh plays guitar and Chrissie Hynde sings on "Get the Money," a mock-reggae number that takes a detour into spacy Pink Floyd territory, Nancy Wilson and LeAnn Rimes both stop by the studio, as do Duff McKagan, Perry Farrell, and Steve Jones, not to mention Dave Grohl. Of this cast of characters, Grohl's signature is the most evident -- "You're No Good at Life No More" could easily slide onto a Foo Fighters album -- but the fun of Get the Money is how Hawkins spins through a number of different sounds and styles from the classic rock era. The elements are familiar, but Hawkins assembles fuzz guitars, glam beats, New Wave synths, and operatic harmonies with flair and wit, turning Get the Money into a giddy journey to the past that's remarkably devoid of nostalgia. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Rock - Released April 20, 2010 | RCA Records Label

Perhaps Taylor Hawkins is fated to live in Dave Grohl’s shadow, but that isn’t an entirely terrible place to be. Certainly on Red Light Fever, his second album with the Coat Tail Riders, he winds up sounding not too dissimilar from not just the Foo Fighters, but often adapts elements of Grohl’s side projects with Josh Homme, leaning particularly hard on the grinding guitar growl that characterizes both Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Hawkins may recall Grohl and Homme -- and he often deliberately conjures memories of Freddie Mercury, as well -- but he’s certainly his own man, and a Californian man at that, possessing a sunny disposition that shines through even when things get a bit heavy. Usually, that sunniness amounts to bright pop hooks and handclaps, turning this into hard rock with a surprisingly light touch. It’s poppier in sound and feel than anything the Foos -- or any other post alt-rock guitar group for that matter -- have done in quite some time, and it’s endearingly infectious, all due to Hawkins’ laid-back yet gregarious spirit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Pop/Rock - Released April 2, 2010 | RCA Records Label