Posted by Martyn Coppack
There's something rather thrilling about Electric Citizen which is difficult to put your finger on at first and then you realise, this band are pretty damn good at what they do. Submerging themselves in the classic 70's rock of Sabbath and Deep Purple with the added twist of a female vocalist, they create a sound which literally begs you to succumb to their charms. Sateen is simply a revelation in it's delivery and one that remains with you long after your first few listens.
Now, there is nothing new on offer here. In fact the music is some sort of derivative homage to music that has gone before. The magic is that it feels like it is the first time you have ever heard this music and makes for a much more interesting ride.
Getting off to a riotous start with 'Beggar Queen' which is all Hammond organs and pounding riffs, it is like the 70's never ended and once the vocals kick in you may well find yourself in rock heaven. This is further compounded by the brilliant 'Magnetic Man' and 'Queen of Persuasion' which never let up in their intensity and you find yourself flinging your hair around and grabbing the nearest tennis racquet to thrash out those riffs.
It's not all a one trick pony either and 'Hawk Nightingale' demonstrates a side of the band which has grown up on the stoner side of rock. Much more subdued than the previous tracks, this one takes it's time to create an atmospheric piece which is simply stunning. It's the centrepiece of what is already a fantastic album.
The fun continues with 'Shallow Water' which up's the ante once again and we are on a home stretch of songs which encompass everything you have ever loved about 70's rock. The final pay off is when last track 'Burning In Hell' drives the organ to the front and all sort of weird tribal rhythms beat a sound whilst we nod our heads in appreciation. It's bold and full of bravado and maybe that is what makes Electric Citizen so special. Maybe it's the fact that they know what they like and they're going to have a good time delivering it. Get this album, there is much fun to be had here and it can stand alongside some of those classic albums from the 70's as a piece.