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Juliette and The Licks – ‘Four On The Floor’
Juliette Lewis – Vocals
Jason Womack – Bass Guitar
Todd Morse – Guitar
Kemble Walters – Guitar
Ed Davis – Drums

Label: Hassle Records

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Cast the impending doom of the planet and general everyday hassles to the back of your mind – you know that there is still good and beauty in the world when the band of the creative 33-year-old girl‚ seen in (amongst others) the film ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’‚ makes an album that beats out the rock harder than a swarm of burly bikers at a teen pop concert.

‘Four On The Floor’ is that album‚ and Juliette And The Licks is that band. And‚ just to add to the outstanding brilliance of the album‚ it would appear that Juliette Lewis now enjoys rocking out with costume.

Repackaging yourself as a serious‚ official musician is never easy for a Hollywood star‚ but Juliette Lewis manages to wail‚ shout‚ kick and scream her way out of her pigeonhole like a wild cat. Growling like Siouxsie Sioux‚ whilst fuelling every song with passion like Courtney Love‚ Lewis’s ‘Four on the Floor’ is an addictive‚ intoxicating mix of Jack Daniel’s-tinted punk rock‚ which leaves you with a kind of tingling‚ feeling dirty‚ used‚ spat out and strangely aroused. All the while forgetting the fact that she was at one time Brad Pitt’s girlfriend.

Opening track ‘Smash and Grab’ takes off with the same erratic rage that characterises a lot of Lewis’s acting work and has more than a passing resemblance to Patti Smith’s ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Nigger’.

The superb single ‘Hot Kiss’ is a brilliant preview to what the album holds. Sexually charged from the get-go‚ this album has an almost live feel to it.

The addition of amazing session musician Dave Grohl on drums is a fantastic piece of this artistic package‚ and is almost certainly responsible for the Queens of the Stone Age influence‚ not least noticeable on the track ‘Purgatory Blues’.

But while each track of pounding‚ raw-emotional rock is thoroughly listenable and enjoyable‚ its lack of divergence from good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll does reveal the possible limitations of the band. However maybe good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll is indeed what the world needs.

Juliette and The Licks have been on a world tour to promote ‘Four On The Floor’.

Written By: Danni Rose

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